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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 1,2010 Page 9 O byJ-Iilda M. Morrill Alan Diner, a BLO Director, is pictured at "The Century Gala" with Lisa Greiner, left, and BLO singer Sandra Piques Eddy, right. (Photo by Roger Farrington) We share three more pho- tos from Boston Lyric Opera's recent "The Century Gala," which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the opening of the original Bos- ton Opera House on Hunting- ton Avenue, which took place on November 8, 1909. The building was demol- ished 1958. The festive gala, attended by 200 guests in vintage at- tire and black tie, was held at The Four Seasons and toasted the artistry, legacy and future of opera in Dos- ton. It was a lavish, multi- media theatrical celebration that featured leading artists from the 2009-2010 Season. Proceeds exceeded expec- tations by approximately $22,000 for a total of $280,000, which is geared for BLO's education and com- munity programs. ...... . Malcolm Rogers, Di- rector of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has an- nounced the appointment of Jen Mergel as the MFA's Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Mergel, Tom and Jody Gill of Milton enjoy "The Century Gala." Mr. Gill is a BLO Director. (Photo by Roger Farrington) who will join the Museum in February 2010, is presently associate curator at the In- stitute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, where she has worked since 2005. "Jen Mergel will play a key role in enhancing the ap- preciation of contemporary art within the context of our encyclopedic Museum," said Rogers. "Her vision will en- able the MFA to reach new audiences as we expand the presence of contempo- rary art at the Museum with new galleries, exhibitions, installations, and educa- tional programs." The appointment is the culmination of a year-long search by an MFA 11-person committee, composed of Museum Trustees, Over- seers, members of the Con- temporary Visiting Commit- tee, and MFA staff. As Beal Family genior Cu- rator, Mergel will set the curatorial direction for the Department of Contempo- rary Art and MFA Programs, chaired by Edward Saywell. Her responsibilities will include managing the con- temporary collection, orga- nizing exhibitions, identify- ing acquisitions, advancing scholarship, expanding pro- grams with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), as well as further- ing outreach to local and national communities and donors. In addition, Mergel will work with Saywell on the development, planning, and organization of the Museum's new galleries in the Linde Family Wing, scheduled to open as the MFA's center for contempo- rary art in June 2011. "Our family is very pleased with the appointment of Jen Mergel as the Beal Family Senior Curator of Contempo- rary Art," said Bruce A. Beal. "After an extensive search, the best candidate was a Bostonian with strong con- nections to this community. Mary and Sherif Nada were among the sponsors of the BLO's "The Century Gala," which was held at The Four Seasons. (photo by Roger Farrington) A native of Boston, Mergel has longstanding ties to the local arts community. She took courseS at the MFA throughout grade school and high school. Following her studies at Harvard, she taught studio art courses there and, more recently, curatorial studies at Boston University. Mergel contin- ues to be active in commu- nity arts outreach through lectures, programs, and re- views at the Cambridge Art As 0ciation; the New Art Center. Newton: the Villa Victoria Center of the Arts, Boston; Massachusetts Col- lege of Art; and the SMFA. For general MFA visitor information, call 617-267- 9300 or visit www.mfa.org. ....... The Boston Sym- phony Orchestra announces that two Boston-based com- panies, Boston Culinary Group and Gourmet Cater- ers, are partnering together to serve as the exclusive food service company for the number of events and the scope of food service ac- tivities at its venues in both Boston and the Berk- shires, where hundreds of functions -- from galas to business meetings to wed- dings -- take place each year. BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe comments, *We are thrilled to be able to work with Boston Culinary Group and Gourmet Caterers. Both have great reputations and expertise, which will ensure that the dining experience at Symphony Hall and Tan- glewood is on par with what patrons have come to expect from their concert experi- ence. The quality of the food and beverage service has become an integral compo- nent towards enhancing the overall customer perception, and this new contract will allow us to excel in this area." (Continued on Page 13) 376 North Street * Boston, MA02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 ter for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture at Bard College, where she was awarded a scholarship, fellowship, and research assistantship. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in visual and environmen- tal studies at Harvard Uni- versity. Mergel's honors the- sis was in sculpture, and she was the recipient of John Harvard, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Clifford, William Byrd, and Stride-Rite public service scholarships. Real Estate Appraisals Sales & Rentals Matt6o Gallo We are impressed with the BSO's two performance Jen's utstanding schlar-venues' Symphny Hall andI DIAMONDS1 ship, boundless enthusi- Tanglewood, beginning in R 0 L EX asm, and innovative vision May 2010 with the start ESTATE JEWELRY for the future of contempo- of the Boston Pops spring Bought & Sold rary art at the MFA." season. Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Mergel received her Mas- This new relationship will Jim (617)263-7766 ter of Arts degree at the Cen- allow the BSO to expand