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Los Angeles Philharmonic Opening Night Gala

Renée Fleming performing with the conductor Esa Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's fifth season at Walt Disney Concert Hall began with its annual black-tie gala benefit featuring the much sought-after soprano Renée Fleming, who lent her enchanting vocals to accompany music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, on October 4.

The evening began with a pre-concert reception followed by the concert featuring a program of French and Italian favorites including Ravel's Shéhérazade and two arias by Puccini. Following the concert, festivities continued with a French soirée on Grand Avenue as guests dined and danced under the Los Angeles skyline and reflected beauty of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The gala committee for the benefit included co-chairs Carolyn and William Powers and Alyce and Warren Williamson, in addition to committee members Beatrice and Paul Bennett, Lynn and Otis Booth, Margaret and Jerrold Eberhardt, Pamela and Steven Hoefflin, M.D., Ellen and Mark Lipson, Carla and Fred Sands, Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom, and Joni and Clark Smith.

Funds raised from the gala support the Musicians Pension Fund and the presentations, concerts and programs of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, including its educational and community outreach programs.  

Philharmonic president Deborah Borda,
Esa Pekka Salonen and his wife Jane.

Carla and Fred Sands, Gala Committee members.

Carolyn and William Powers,
Gala co-chairs.

Alyce and Warren Williamson,
Gala co-chairs.

Diane Keaton and Frank Gehry.

Cybill Shepherd.

Sherry Lansing.

Renee Fleming, Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.  

Photos: Images 3-5: Lee Salem. All other images: Mathew Imaging
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