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!
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 Sunday, Ken and I were treated to a small afternoon Seattle Symphony Orchestra “Conversation, Cocktails and Repartee” reception at Barney Ebsworth’s beautiful home on Hunt’s Point to meet composer, Marvin Hamlisch. SSO Board Chairman, Leslie Chihuly greeted us and we were so pleased to see our old friends, SSO Maestro Jerry Schwarz and his… Continue Reading
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fascinating studio rehearsal for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new production of Coppelia in honor of past PNB board member, Microsoftee, and friend, Brady Richardson who passed away a year ago from cancer. We all still miss Brady! His wife, Sharon, in the purple dress in photos above… Continue Reading
Last night I attended the Junior League of Seattle Northwest Art Project Preview at the Wright Exhibition Space. As a Past President of the Junior League of Seattle and past chairman of the JLS Northwest Art Committee, I was especially interested to see the entire art collection hung in one location. One of the services… Continue Reading