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...... . " POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 16, 2010 Page9 lly 00The So,00ta get bg J4ilda M. Morrill Yolanda introduces Nancy Lawson Donahue, left, to the guests at the opening reception for "The Art of Fashion The Yolanda Collection." Mrs. Donahue and her husband Richard have made a significant donation to Lasell to their to-be constructed Center for Creative and Applied Arts. Members of the Boston fashion community recently gathered at Lasell College's Wedeman Gallery to honor Boston fashion icon Yolanda Cellucci during a festive soi- ree celebrating her life and career in fashion. In attendance at the event were Lasell President Michael B. Alexander, the Lasell's management team, and members of the Board of Trustees -- in addition to many of Greater Boston's "Socially Set." The accompanying ex- hibit, "The Art of Fashion -- The Yolanda Collection," which includes more than 30 glamorous gowns donated by Yolanda to Lasell's Fash- ion Collection, is open to the public through April 18% The exhibit precedes an upcoming 2012 Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit also celebrating Yolanda's career. The designer gowns repre- sent fashions from the 1980's-2000's including original designs from Bob Mackie, Mary McFadden, (Photo courtesy of Betty Levin) Steven Yearick, Oscar de la Renta and others. The dona- tion of the gowns to the collection is valued at ap- proximately $150,000. ....... On May 4 at 8 p.m., Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops open the orchestra's landmark 125 th anniversary season with a gala three-part program honoring the distinctive legacies of its most famous conductors -- Mr. Lockhart, John Williams, and Arthur Fiedler. The concert, which fea- tures guest soloists Broad- way sensation Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent), legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen ("The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson"), and pia- nist Michael Chertock, an artist whose work Keith Lockhart has championed throughout his 15-year tenure with the Pops, cel- ebrates the orchestra's rich tradition of performing an innovative blend of great music, from beloved classics to cutting-edge contempo- rary favorites. f LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine Donato Frattaroli 415 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 617.367.2353 -- Open for Lunch and Dinner Daily -- Private dining rooms for any occasion J / Yolanda, third from right, is pictured with some of the Lasell student models wearing some of the Yolanda Collection ensembles. (Photo courtesy of Betty Levin) Symphony Hall will be festively transformed for the evening, with giant balloon arches at the main entrance, a huge "125" on top of the marquee to com- memorate the anniversary milestone, accent lighting on the exterior of the build- ing to illuminate Symphony Hall's distinctive architec- ture and a special red car- pet leading from the Massa- chusetts Avenue sidewalk up the stairway to the main lobby. Horse-drawn carriages will arrive with actors in period dress portraying two of the notables from the very first Pops concert more than a century ago, Isabella Stewart Gardner and Boston Pops Orchestra founder Colonel Henry Lee Higginson. Keith Lockhart and Peter Fiedler, son of conductor Arthur Fiedler, will make a grand entrance from an an- tique fire truck reminiscent of the legendary maestro's early days with the orches- tra. The evening also in- cludes a celebratory pre- concert reception through- out the hall. The concert's opening highlights the extraordinary legacy of Arthur Fiedler (Pops Conductor 1930-79), the Pops' legendary maestro for nearly half a century. One of the most beloved fig- ures in Boston music his- tory, he put the Pops on the map beginning in the 1930s and elevated the orchestra into a treasured national institution celebrated for its Longtime friends of Yolanda the Trifone sisters enjoying the Yolanda Collection. Left to right: Connie Muolo, Yolanda, Alice Trifone and Anna Maria Trifone and one of the fashion mannequins groundbreaking embrace of both classical and popular music. For this tribute, pianist Michael Chertock joins Keith Lockhart and the orchestra for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The program continues under the direction of Keith Lockhart with a series of musical selections that showcase the distinctive contributions of conductor/ composer John William (Pops Conductor, 1980-93). Mr. Williams is one of America's most accom- plished and successful com- posers for film, and this sec- tion of the concert features the orchestra in some of the special arrangements in the Collection. focuses on the great movie scores he has brought to life for Pops audiences. The inimitable Doc Severinsen, the longtime trumpeter, bandleader, and irreverent sidekick on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," made a spe- cial appearance. He is one of the very few performers to have collaborated with all three of the evening's trib- ute conductors. Keith Lockhart (Pops Con- ductor 1994-present) leads the program's grand finale, which highlights the Pops' present-day accomplish- ments and provides a light- hearted glimpse into what (Continued on Page 13)