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March 05, 2011 - CMF & RMCMA reach a Crescendo

What: 6th Annual Gala Benefit for the Colorado Music Festival and the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

Where: The Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, Lafayette Co

When: Saturday, March 5, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $70 per person

Beneficiary: Colorado Music Festival and Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

EMCEE: TK Smith, CMF & RMCMA board member

Gala Chairperson(s): Pris Walker and Louise Christopher

Honorary Chairperson(s): Silent auction co-chairs Paula Ryan and Susan Olenwine

Founders: Peggy Bruns and Kathy Kucsan

Executive Director: Catherine Underhill

Committee Members: Carol Ackerman, Gaby Bottcher, Peggy Bruns, Merix Cunningham, Shelly Hitchcock, Jane Houssiere, Jane Lippmann, Jenny Meyer, Gretchen Minekime, Dorothy Myers, Walter Sharp, Barbra Weidlein and Maria Wyshak

Staff: Catherine Underhill, Michael Christie, Peggy Bruns, Kari Bartkus, Nancy Brace, Kim Brody, Louise Christopher, Ethan Hecht, Deanna Kaufman, Nora-Ellen Long, Brandi Numedahl, Ken Thorne and Pris Walker

Catering: Pasta Jay's

Entertainment: The Bovine Metropolis Theater

Music: Cellist Marcelo Sanches, Pianist Scott Martin, Guitarist James Cline, Harpist Nancy Brace, Fiddler Annie Savage and guitarist Allison Weiss

Sponsors: SCFD, Pasta Jay's, Art Works, The Denver Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Daily Camera, ENCANA, AeroGarden, Walker Enterprises, Newmark, The William H. Donner Foundation, Ball Aerospace, Brett Family Foundation, EKS&H, Rembrandt Yard, Roche Colorado, Boulder Arts Commission, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Colorado Capital Bank, Xcel Energy, Boulder Creek, Doty Lyle and Jones, Jasper Animal Hospital, Kohl's, Schramm Foundation, Faegre & Benson, Integrity Arts, Indulge Bakery, Wells Fargo, First National Bank, Frasier Meadows, Superior Liquor, Morrell Printing Solutions, Lafayette Music, Mehaffy Brubaker & Ernst, Walnut Realty, Great Western Bank, Pedroncelli and Johnson Knightlinger

Gala Production: Bolder Events

Menu: Chicken parmigiana, manicotti, stuffed rigatoni in alfredo sauce, house salad, rosemary garlic rolls, assorted brownies and cookies, wine and coffee

Attendance: 150

Attire: Cocktail

Special Thanks: The nearly 100 businesses & individuals who donated silent auction items, as well as the wonderful volunteers

Board of Directors: Jim Williams--President, John Bernhard, David Brunel, Peggy Bruns(ex-officio), Roger Davidson, Kitty Dawson, Elizabeth Dodds, Norma Eckstrand, Mike Gallucci, Louise Grauer, Doree Hickman, Shelley Hitchcock, Connie Holden, Madeleine Holland, Jane Houssiere, Caryl Kassoy, Glenn Lenazen, Jane Lippmann, Victoria Marschner, Christopher Mueller, Maryann Ruck, Firuzeh Saidi, Timothy Schoechle, Walter Sharp, Alden Sherman, TK Smith, Catherine Underhill (ex-officio) and Jack Walker

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Harpist and RMCMA staffer Nancy Brace
Harpist and RMCMA staffer Nancy Brace


"I could dance with you till the cows come home; on second thought I'll dance with the cows till you come home."-- Groucho Marx
Music and comedy have had a very long relationship. One of their first dates was way back in the 3rd-century BCE with the Roman comedies of Plautus. On Saturday, the 5th of March, they had a date, and comedy led the dance. The Colorado Music Festival & Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts (CMF & RMCMA) invited nearly 200 of their friends and supporters to celebrate the 6th annual gala fundrasier “Crescendo!” This year's theme was “Laugh Out Loud.”
Glittering with lights like a Broadway marquee, the entrance to the RMCMA was only the beginning of the warm welcome Crescendo attendees received. The flow of people from the two silent auction rooms was steady, as no one wanted to miss bidding on their favorite items, from vacation packages to musical instruments, with both the rooms festooned with balloons. All the while guests were treated to the music of RMCMA faculty & staff: Cellist Marcelo Sanches, Pianist Scott Martin, Guitarist James Cline, Harpist Nancy Brace, Fiddler Annie Savage and guest guitarist Allison Weiss.
Running fashionably late, attendees were invited to Founders Hall, where the laughter and lively conversation continued and they were served a delicious meal prepared by Pasta Jay’s. TK Smith, the evening's emcee, and CMF & RMCMA board member, brought the audience's attention to the stage. After offering another warm welcome, he turned the stage over to the Bovine Metropolis Theater group.
BMT's Don Patarino, acting as show host, gave a brief lesson on improvisational theater before introducing the players: Spencer Rybaki, Yevette Bebik, Dave Karasik and Kent Welborn. With one hilarious bit after another, the troupe had their audience in stitches. At one point a couple of attendees were invited on stage to direct two of the players, literally guiding their movement to uprourious laughter and applause.
In 2009, the Colorado Music Festival and the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts formally merged after years of collaboration. CMF Executive Director Catherine Underhill said it best when she described this fusion: “CMF and RMCMA are a great fit. We’ve worked together collaboratively for a number of years, and we know that the skills and experiences of each organization enhance one another, and that’s very exciting for all concerned.”
The RMCMA is celebrating its 15th year, and is a year-round Guild community arts school in Lafayette committed to excellence and access, serving nearly 600 weekly students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Programs include individual and small group lessons on all instruments and voice, early childhood classes, home school offerings, and performance ensembles, taught by 40 professional teaching artists.
The 30+ year-old CMF, attracts over 22,000 audience members each 6-week summer season for its world-class orchestra festival at Chautauqua in Boulder. This summer, June 25-August 5, CMF will present shows that include a five-concert violin mini-festival; “Ansel Adams: America” composed by Chris and Dave Brubeck; a festival-commissioned world premiere by Patrick Zimmerli; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's multi-media Beyond the Score® and the Colorado premiere of Marcel Tyberg's two movement completion to Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.
Like music and comedy, the CMF & RMCMA partner to bring joy, laughter and learning to people of all ages in Colorado.

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