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March 08, 2008 - Crescendo! Increasing the Volume

What: A musical benefit for RMCMA

Where: Renaissance Suites Hotel, Broomfield, CO

When: March 8, 2008

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $65

Beneficiary: Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

Master of Ceremonies: Joseph DiMasi

Gala Chairperson(s): Lorenza Maksimow

Executive Director: Peggy E. Bruns, MME

Committee Members: Carol Ackerman, Shelley Bernhard, Peggy Bruns, Louise Christopher, Walter Sharp, Priscilla Walker and Maria Wyshak

Staff: Lorenza Maksimow, Development Director, Nora-Ellen Long, Office Manager, Nancy Brace, Registrar & Operations Coordinator, Sue Eyler, Accountant, Deanna Kaufman, Custodian

Libations: Meridian Wine & Spirits

Sponsors: Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, The Community Foundation, Renaissance Suites Hotel at FlatIron, Amgen Foundation, Excel Energy, AEC Trust, Guitar Center Music Foundation, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Camera, Palace Construction, Target, One Lafayette, First Community Bank, The Janus Foundation, Morrell, Doty, Lyle and Jones LLC, Mehaffy, Brubaker & Ernst LLC, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Hunter Floor & Window Covering Inc., Precison Plumbing, Collins Foundation and Griffin Foundation

Quote of the evening: "Music touches all of our lives"-Joseph DiMasi

Attendance: 300

Attire: Blacktie and Gowns

Special Thanks: Nearly 140 businesses & individuals who made the evening possible

Event Coordinator: Lorenza Maksimow, Development Director

Board of Directors: Louise Christopher-President, Stanley Guralnick- Secretary/Treasurer, John Bernhard, Andy Shaw and Alejandro Sierra-Faculty Liaison

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 The RMCMA Board of Directors
The RMCMA Board of Directors

Crescendo, in musical parlay, is when the volume of a piece increases, and with that the excitement. On Saturday March 8th, the excitement at the Renaissance Suites Hotel kept increasing and increasing in a Crescendo of its own.

Friends, supporters, staff and board members of the Rocky Mountain Center for the Musical Arts arrived at the hotel dressed for an elegant evening of fine food and fabulous music. The staff of the Renaissance greeted each with a welcoming smile and guided them to the registration table, where volunteers of RMCMA continued the red carpet treatment. Guests received their bidder number so they could join in the fun to come.

In the lobby, Nancy Brace, harpist and RMCMA registrar, gave attendees their first taste of the music to come. The excellent staff of the Renaissance maintained a flow of delicious hors d'oeuvres and flutes of apple cider and champagne, and a fully stocked bar served those with more eclectic tastes. Everyone found something to suit their fancy in the two silent auction rooms; each lined with tables full of items ranging from travel, entertainment, food, wine, health and beauty, certificates for sports and music events, autographed jerseys and so much more. The auction committee of Sara Barber, Shelley Bernhard, Peggy Bruns, Brian Caragher, Cathy Garcia, Lorenza Maksimow, Nancy Reck, Walter Sharp, Andy Shaw and Maria Wyshak outdid themselves this year.

At 8:00 p.m. guests were welcomed into the salon and encouraged to find their respective table so the real fun could begin. Joseph DiMasi, one of the founders of Face, resplendent in a formal tuxedo, acted as the master of ceremonies and a finer job could hardly be imagined. Joseph took to the task like he had been born to it, always a smile on his face and the sense of timing that keeps an event moving at a nice pace without feeling rushed. As a pleasant surprise, the audience was treated to the first song by Face with very little preamble.

In 2000, Ben Lunstad and Joseph DiMasi had the vision to create a vocal band unlike any other – not just passion and power, not just a wall of sound, but also a musical experience that leaves people breathless with every moment of every song. Ben and Joseph’s vision was proven true at Crescendo. When Face finished their first set, the crowd roared with approval.

Next on the agenda was an innovative and rousing way to raise funds, the paddle auction, kind of like a fun twist on musical chairs. Volunteers were kept running as everyone got into the spirit of not only the game but of giving.

Attendees came to support RMCMA , to support music, to support community and as if those things in themselves weren’t enough reward, they were treated to the fantastic performance of Face, with such favorites as "Home," "Sugar We're Going Down," and "If You Could Only See.” The jazz and funk sounds of "Not the Crime," "You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three," and of course what they've coined as their all-instrumental number, the "Theme from Pink Panther" were just a few of the group's repertoire.

And Face was not the only performers that evening. A heartfelt performance was given by RMCMA student Cassie Ragsdale to give supporters a hint of what their generous donations helped to develop. Also, to give a picture of the work of RMCMA has accomplished, a video was played showing a diverse group of students and teachers of all ages and backgrounds coming together in their shared love of music. 

Before guests settled in for a night of dancing to the styling The RMCMA Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Christopher, they were given one last opportunity for giving at whatever level they could and given sincere thanks for their ongoing support by Lorenza Maksimow, RMCMA Development Director. Someone once said that “music is the closest thing that people have to speaking the language of God.”  If that language is love, then the folks at RMCMA are native speakers.

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