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12, 2010 Page9 The Sociallg Set by fIilda M. Morrill Max Warburg Courage Curriculum Founder and President Stephanie Warburg, center, with the event's entertainers, Tufts students Nathaniel Silva (bagpiper) and Katie McNally (fiddle). The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's annual ben- efit evening, "Step Up to the Plate for Courage," was held at the State Street Pavilion Club, Fenway Park, on January 21. Event co-chairs were Michael & Sukey Forbes Bigham and Eric & Mary Johnson. Approximately 200 guests "stepped up to the plate" at Fenway Park to support the organization's work in the Boston public schools. Guests enjoyed (Photo by Roger Farrington) beverages donated by the Boston Brewing Company and special "Batter Up" cock- tails as they bid on exclu- sive silent auction items during the festive evening at America's most beloved ballpark. The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum is a yearlong language arts program dedi- cated to strengthening the literacy skills of students. The Courage Curriculum honors the life of Max Warburg, a courageous ..... "Step Up to the Plate for Courage" event co-chairs Mary Johnson, left, and Sukey Forbes Bigham. ........ (Photo by Roger Farrington) eleven-year-old who lost his battle with leukemia in 1991. Max's ability to con- tinue to enjoy life and his steadfast determination and heartfelt hope in the face of a deadly disease were an inspiration to all who knew him. Feeling that their son's example would be an en- during message of courage, Stephanie and Jonathan Warburg worked with the Boston Public Schools and educators from across the country to develop and create the Courage Curriculum. For information about the organization and their upcoming events, visit www. ....... Following upon the extraordinary success of last year's Italian-themed gala, the New England Conserva- tory will transform its an- nual Feast of Music into a celebration of all things French in a glamorous evening called "Le Festin de la Musique." The event, which The Boston Herald has called one of Boston's "Top 10" parties, takes place February 27 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. This fabulous evening brings together 450 of Boston's most prominent business leaders and cultural philan- thropists to benefit NEC's General Scholarship Fund. One of the season's most anticipated evenings, A Feast of Music pairs sump- tuous food and wine with superb performances by NEC students of jazz, opera, and classical music. This year's benefit seeks to surpass last year's goal of $500,000. The event chairs are Lane Young and Debbie Smith. The sponsors are: Liberty Mutual, Swiss Re, Mt Auburn Hospital, and Thorbahn. Le Festin will feature everything French -- from works by French composers, to food, wine, and Silent Auction treasures. NEC has been working closely with the Consul General of France, Christophe Guilhou, to create an evening with authentic Gallic panache. As a unique tribute to NEC, world-renowned celeb- rity Chef Guy Martin of Le Grand V6four in Paris, Sens- ing Boston and Sensing Paris, and Le Pont du Ciel in Osaka, Japan, has agreed to create a special menu spe- cifically for this year's gala. Martin, the chef of Grand V6four, was 43 when he was awarded his third star in 2000; his was the only res- taurant to win three stars in the Red Michelin Guide that year. In addition to the musical and gastronomic delights of the dinner, NEC alumnus "Step Up to the Plate for Courage" event committee members Larry DiCara and Teresa Spillane with Betsy Hall, right, Executive Director of the Associates of the Boston Public Library. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Bo Winiker and his orches- tra will perform for the first time this year at the after- party. So diners who can't bear to bring the evening to a close can dance until the wee hours to big-band clas- sics and soulful French jazz tunes. For further information, visit the New England Conservatory Web site at www. necmusic, edu/feast of music. Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing com- munity to 720 undergradu- ate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty. The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and tradi- tions. On the college level, it features training in clas- sical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collabora- tion Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audi- ences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes -- thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz. NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world-renowned, 106-year old, beautifully re- stored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC's opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera pro- ductions at the Cutler (Continued on Page 13) I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. 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