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May 04, 2013 - Colorado Symphony Honors Their Own

What: Colorado Symphony Ball

Where: The Fillmore Auditorium

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 dinner and auction; 9:00 concert and dancing; 10:30 p.m. after-party

Ticket Prices: $500

Master of Ceremonies: Ed Greene, CBS4

Presenting Sponsor(s): Arrow Electronics and CBS4

Gala Chairperson(s): Bob and Lindsay Deibel, Ed and Jenni Haselden, Rich Kylberg and Jilliann Parker

Honorary Chairperson(s): Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael Hancock and First Lady Mary Louise Lee

Committee Members: Corporate Committee: Rick Bailey, Norm Brownstein, Mark Carleton, Rebecca DeCook, Walt DeHaven, Bob Deibel, Bruce DiBiase, BJ Dyer, Susan Fakharzadeh, Steve Farber, Mike Fries, Neda Ghaemi, Ed Haselden, Jerome Kern, Rich Kylberg, Peter Landgraff, Pocky Marranzino, Patrick Clay McKinstry, Chris Ott, Dick Robinson, Julie Rubsam

Staff: Executive staff: Jerome Kern, co-chair and CEO; Evan Lasky, Executive VP and COO; Anthony Pierce, VP of artistic Administration

Welcome: Bob Deibel, Mayor Michael Hancock, Governor John Hickenlooper

Catering: Hyatt Catering

Music: The Colorado Symphony + The Moderators; afterparty: Extasis

Sponsors: PRESENTING: Arrow Electronics Inc., CBS4; VIRTUOSO: DaVita, Liberty Global, John and Leslie Malone; MAESTRO: Anonymous, Cablevision, FirstBank, IAC, Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome Kern, Liberty Media Corp., LionTree Advisors LLC, Anna and John J Sie Foundation; see website for additional level sponsors

Auctioneer: Rick Rolph

Menu: Bibb cup filled with baby Spring greens and Pansy salad; blackened beef tenderloin with sweet and spicy peppadew dimi-glace'; paired with blue crab, Shitake mushroom stuffed Mahi-Mahi with herb Gremolata on top of roasted fingerling potatoes; asparagus bundle tied with carrot ribbon; mini chocolate piano for dessert, filled with passionfruit cream and berries

Attendance: 900+

Attire: Black tie with a rock flair

Board of Directors: Co-Chairs: Jerome and Mary Rossick Kern; For a complete list of trustees, link to:

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Andrew and Jayne Litton, left, with Mary Rossick Kern and Jerry Kern
Andrew and Jayne Litton, left, with Mary Rossick Kern and Jerry Kern

If there were any doubts that The Colorado Symphony is beginning a new era, fear no more. The Colorado Symphony Ball ushered in the new dynamic with panache and style on Saturday night.

In a unique and engaging departure from the arguably stodgy event molds that often grip Denver non-profit fundraisers, the CSO held the 20th anniversary of the Symphony Ball at the Fillmore Auditorium in a celebration of new trends and musical expectations dubbed "From Bach... To Rock." Early projections already confirmed that this was the most successful Symphony Ball in its history. Trustee Co-Chairs and major supporters Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome Kern were seen welcoming guests all across the venue, along with event Co-Chairs Bob and Lindsay Deibel, Rich Kylberg (or was that Gene Simmons??), Jilliann Parker and Ed and Jenni Haselden.

Because the road to this point has been rather "bumpy" at times, the Margaret Phipps Award, given to acknowledge "longstanding contributions and service to the Colorado Symphony and the arts community," went to none other the than musicians of the Colorado Symphony themselves. Mayor Michael Hancock was on hand to present the award, accepted on behalf of the CSO by musicians Yumi Hwang Williams (concertmaster, violin), Margaret Hoeppner (cello) and Terry Smith (percussion).

Continuing with the trend of crossover themes, the Symphony played with local philanthropic rock band (comprised of corporate executives who are obviously talented in many areas) The Moderators ( The dance floor was filled in seconds, as it was obvious that attendees and supporters wanted to let loose their extremely supportive and creative energy.

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