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POST-GAZETTE, IARCH 19, 2010 Page 7 So00ialll4 Set bg00Iilda M. Morrill Pictured, left to right, at "Le Festin de la Musique" are Co-chair Deborah Smith, NEC President Tony Woodcock, Co-chair Lane Young, French Consul General Christophe Guilhou, and Mine. Nargues Guilhou. (Photo by IMiro Vintoniv) Congratulations are in or- derl New England Conserva- tory met its goal and raised $500,000 at its annual fundraising gala, "Feast of Music," recently held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Following upon last year's extraordinarily successful Italian-themed event, the Conservatory this year transformed Feast into a cel- ebration of all things French in a glamorous evening styled "Le Festin de la Musique." Event chairs for the evening were Deborah Smith of Beacon Hill and Lane Young of Back Bay. NEC's most important fundraiser each year, "Feast of Music" pairs a sumptuous dinner with brilliant perfor- mances by Conservatory students. Attracting 450 of Boston's most prominent business leaders and cul- tural philanthropists every year, the gala is, according to the Boston Herald, "one of Boston's Top 10 parties." Since 1997, it has raised more than $3 million for scholarships. Partnering with the Con- sul General of France, Christophe Guilhou (who along with his wife Nargues were Honorary Chairs), Le Festin featured classical music and jazz by French composers from Bizet to Django Reinhardt to Offenbach. The menu was designed by Michelin three-star Chef Guy Martin of Le Grand V6four in Paris, Sensing Boston and Sensing Paris, and Le Pont du Ciel in Osaka, Japan (which was just awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide.) The wine was donated by Mas de la Dame and Taittinger Champagne. A silent auc- tion featured a variety of delectable offierings from trips to Paris aind St. Barths, Red Sox tickets;, hotel week- ends, spa trea, tments, and catered dinners. In addition to) the musical and gastronomiic delights of the event, NF_2C Alum Bo Winiker and hds orchestra performed for the first time at the after-party, where guests danced to big-band classics until late into the night. Sponsors for the evening were: The Baupost Group, L.L.C., Liberty Mutual, Bos- ton Private Bank & Trust Company, Mount Auburn Hospital, Swiss Re, Thor- bahn, Taittinger, Tishman, Mas de la Dame, and Valrhona. 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 out- reach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audi- ences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes -- there- by 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 Ma- jestic Theatre in Boston. NEC is co-founder and edu- cational partner of "From the Top," a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the US. ....... On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sunday, April 11, the Terezin Music Foundation (TMF) and Temple Israel of Boston will present "Si- fenced Voices," a concert featuring BSO members in the Hawthorne String Quar- tet, with Thomas Martin on clarinet and the Quincy Choral Society under the direction of John Nichols. The 3 p.m. performance in Temple Israel's Levy Audito- rium (477 Longwood Ave., Boston) honors the musi- cians whose art sustained them in the Terezin con- centration camp; the pro- gram includes chamber works by Gideon Klein and Karel Svenk, as well as the 2009 TMF commission "Songs of Sorrow and Hope," by Boston-born composer Stephen Feigenbaum. A candle-lighting cer- emony led by Boston-area Holocaust survivors and Temple Israel Cantor Roy Einhorn opens the event. Admission is free. "Our program is a memo- rial and a tribute to the extraordinary creative de- termination of the Terezin artists. Sharing in their music and history is always an inspiring and moving ex- perience," says TMF Direc- tor and Holocaust music scholar Mark Ludwig. The Terezin Music Foun- dation is a nonprofit dedi- cated to advancing the resilience of the human spirit, as expressed in and inspired by the music and (Continued on Page 13) I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exeh. Bldg. 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