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April 24, 2008 - Colorado Symphony Ball Promises a Bright Future

What: annual gala for CSO

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: May 3, 2008

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual: $350; Vice-Chair Underwriter - $25,000 • Gold Underwriter - $15,000 • Silver Underwriter - $10,000 • Pearl Underwriter - $7,500 •

Beneficiary: youth educational programs and outreach for CSO

Mistress of Ceremonies: Stacey Donaldson

Master of Ceremonies: Ed Greene

Honoree(s): Cy and Lyndia Harvey; The Jeff Bradley Award was presented to Emily Levin

Gala Chairperson(s): Teresa Taylor, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, Qwest Communications International and her husband Pete Taylor

Honorary Chairperson(s): Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien and her husband Dr. Richard O’Brien

Co-Chair(s): Kevin and Leanne Duncan, Duncan Oil Inc.; Cannon Y. & Lyndia Harvey; Dave and Pam Duke; Cole Finegan, Hogan & Hartson; Gary Lutz, Wells Fargo Private Bank; Willie Shepherd, Kamlet Shepherd Reichert; Tim Taylor, Xcel Energy; Larry Theis, Holme Roberts & Owen; Beth Soberg, United Healthcare; Richard Stomp, IBM

Committee Members: 2008 Ball Committee: Kevin V. Duncan, Tensie Homan, Elizabeth K. Soberg, James R. Thompson, B. Lawrence Theis

President(s): Douglas Adams

Libations: Napa Landing Merlot and Meridian Chardonnay

Entertainment: Dancing to Les Brown Jr. and the Band of Renown

Music: Rising star, violinist Jessica Oddie

Sponsors: EVENT SPONSORS: Qwest Communications, Applejack Wine and Spirits;
GOLD: Steve and Elizabeth Holtze, Magnolia Hotels; Ms. Erna Butler; SILVER: AMG National Trust Bank, Aspen Marketing Services, Ball Corporation, Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine PC, Carlson Travel, Grubb & Davis, KPMG, LabCorp, Newmont Mining, Jim Nussbaum & the Kentwood Company, PCL Construction Services Inc., Telcordia, United Airlines, US Bank; PEARL: Accenture, Baker & Hostetler, Benchmark Enterprises LLC,, Citi Private Bank, El Paso Western Pipeline, Exempla Health Care, Keith and Kathie Finger, FirstBank, Fleischman & Shapiro PC, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Holland & Hart LLP, Merrill Lynch, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti, Gordon and Pam Parker, Saunders Construction, University of Denver, Watson Wyatt Worldwide;

Auctioneer: Brett Wager & Scott Goodhue, Ace in the Hole Auctions

Menu: Bibb lettuce and watercress with basil roasted plum tomatoes, golden beets, feta cheese, apples; grilled beef filet crusted with horseradish and sweet potato; red wine risotto; asparagus; baby carrots; molten chocolate cake a la mode with praline sauce

Attendance: 600+

Attire: Black tie

Special Thanks: Mrs. Pamela Adams, The Denver Post, Design Works, Ms. Molly Epstein, Mr. Darius Panahpour, The Publishing House, Ellen Stark Graphic Design

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Black bean hummus on eggplant crackers; ratatouille filled artichokes; asiago and kalamata olive risotto cake; roasted duck and apricot wontons

Event Coordinator: Rebecca Grabler

Board of Directors: Kevin V. Duncan, Chairman; Cannon Y. Harvey, Immediate Past Chairman; John E. Hayes, Esq., Vice Chairman; Bernard W. Schotters II, Vice Chairman; Todd D. Munson, Treasurer; Matthew Switzer, Secretary; Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director; Douglas W. Adams, President & Chief Executive Officer; see for term trustees, ex-officio trustees, emeritus trustees and honorary trustees

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Title sponsors and co-chairs of the 2008 CSO Ball, Pete and Teresa Taylor
Title sponsors and co-chairs of the 2008 CSO Ball, Pete and Teresa Taylor

CSO Maestro Jeffrey Kahane put it aptly: "Orchestra" is a word that originates in ancient Athens and was a term describing an event that was the center of the community and the focal point of Greek life. With the new concert hall and a fresh, exciting year ahead, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will indeed be the shining gem of our community.

The 2008 Colorado Symphony Ball was indeed a premonition of wonderful things to come. Well-heeled guests converged in the Hyatt Convention Center Saturday evening for a lovely night of camaraderie, wonderful music and the chance to show support for the CSO programs. The CSO's education and outreach program will reach more than 60,000 children and adults during the 2007/2008 season, bringing great music and experience to those who normally would not be able to experience professional cultural programming. Wonderful programs and collaborations such as the CSO Youth Concerts initiative, which began implementation of integrating Youth Concert content into pre-concert and post-concert teaching in Jefferson County, opens doors and futures for our young adults.

There are also wonderfully creative programs including scholarships for disadvantaged youth, CSO open rehearsals, "Petite Musique" (a western-themed program arranged and written by CSO cellist/composer David Mullikin), the special Martin Luther King Day free concert, the Cinco de Mayo Festival Concert in conjunction with the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver and of course the exciting summer concerts slated for Denver and across the state.

The CSO could not be in the promising state it is in without the tireless and generous dedication of its supporters. Cy and Lyndia Harvey are always there to provide the utmost level of appreciation for the CSO, and they were honored with the Margaret Phipps Award this evening. "Once you get past the technical part of music, it's all about the passion and emotion and those goose bumps you get from listening to stellar performances," Cy humbly said as his wife Lyndia stood proudly by his side.

Also acknowledged this evening as the 2008 Jeff Bradley Young Musician Award recipient was Emily Levin, a 17-year-old harpist who began her studies at the age of five. Emily won 1st place in the 2003 American Harp Society National Harp Competition in 2003 and has been a prize winner in every year since. She was the youngest competitor accepted into the National Harp Contest in Israel in 2006. She is looking forward to performing at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam as part of the Focus on Youth program this summer. Emily has many other accolades and accomplishments already in her resume, and looks forward to an extremely bright future.

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