Last weekend I attended the final PNB performance of the season featuring Stewart Kershaw conducting the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra for the last time. Stewart was the visionary that 25 years ago built the PNB Orchestra, that has recently been referred to in the New York Times as “possibly the best ballet orchestra in the country”. He has conducted The Nutcracker so many times that he has totally memorized the entire musical score. Though gone from PNB, he will still have a chance to interact with the musicians, because he will continue to serve as the Music Director for the Auburn Symphony, and most of those musicians are also members of the PNB Orchestra. See photos of Stewart and Peter Boal, PNB Artistic Director, above at the post performance reception.
In addition to saying farewell to Stewart, we also said goodbye to ballet dancers, Jordan Pacitti and Mara Vinson. Jordan is retiring to pursue his fragrance business, but I know I will certainly miss seeing him onstage. He danced beautifully last week in his final performance of Red Angels and in a fun encore romp featuring a rug!? He received a standing ovation. Mara was also exquisite dancing the role of Swanhilda in the final act of Coppelia and she will be missed too!
One of the entrepreneurs who presented at the ZINO Society Roundtable Investment meeting this week was Kevin Veon, CEO of Banshee Bungee. Banshee Bungee has developed a braided bungee that is used for horizontal sports to launch skateboarders, snowboarders and surfers at a 30 mile per hour speed. See photo of Kevin and me above… Continue Reading
Earlier this week, I played in The First Tee Ladies on the Links golf tournament fundraiser at Broadmoor. What a great cause that gives kids that might not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to learn to play the game of golf! The mission is “To impact the lives of young people in the greater… Continue Reading
Last night at the ZINO Society Roundtable meeting, Joe Herbst of Virticus, was on hand to accept a giant check as the $50,000 fund winner for ZINO Green 2010! Congratulations, Joe! Continue Reading
Yesterday, I was invited to a small private luncheon in the Blue Lounge at the Experience Music Project to meet Mary Wilson of The Supremes. I ran into friend and ZINO Society member, John Otter, in the parking lot on the way into EMP and we made our way to the elevator leading to the… Continue Reading
On Tuesday night Rover’s hosted a ZINO Society Master of Wine Tuesday featuring a wine taste-off “France vs. Italy”. Sixteen ZINO Society members and guests were treated to an exquisite tasting menu inspired by the up and coming World Soccer Championship. Scot, the restaurant manager and in-house wine expert, told us he was pitting two… Continue Reading