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"Symphony at Salk was a sparkling event under the stars. The crowd of
some 700 enjoyed the champagne reception, dinner by Jeffrey Strauss, and the incredible voice of Idina Menzel. It was truly a magical evening." - Marsha Chandler, COO, Executive Vice President, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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It was 'a glorious night,' concluded guest Judith Harris. And it was.

The 16th Annual Symphony at Salk took place at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies' courtyard in La Jolla, under a clear summer night sky August 27th, 2011.

Cocktail attired guests arrived for the reception featuring chilled white wines and champagne, and Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille’s very popular Kobe Beef sliders. There was quite a line up for those as usual.

Guests enjoying the ambiance included Salk's Irwin M. Jacobs Presidential Chair William Brody, Marsha and Bill Chandler (Marsha's the COO of Salk), David C. Copley (he hosted the prior benefactors’ dinner at his Foxhill home), Chris and Craig Andrews, Nina and Bob Doede, Christine Forester, and Joan and Irwin Jacobs. Irwin Jacobs is the Chairman of the Salk's Board of Trustees.

Also there were Sheryl and Harvey White, Judith Harris and Dr. Robert Singer, Sheri and Stuart Jamieson, Leanne MacDougal, Peggy and Peter Preuss, Claire Reiss, Faye Russell, Andrew Shelton, and Faye Wilson.

The evening continued with a fancy box supper by Jeffrey Strauss. The dinner featured a Housin Marinated Flat Iron Steak and Miso Sea Bass accompanied by a Green Tea Noodle Salad with red bell pepper strips, and Chinese Long Beans. A culinary journey that ended with Vanilla Bean Cheescake toped with Roasted Peaches and Mint.

As guests finished dinner, the sun set and the San Diego Symphony members took the stage and tuned up their instruments.

Special Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins joined them on stage as he has done in previous years. Wilkins, a favorite as the Principal Guest Conductor at the Hollywood Bowl, is not only eloquent with his conductor’s baton, but he was eloquent with praise for the Salk and the San Diego Symphony.

Wilkins was joined on stage by singer Idina Menzel who is noted for her starring and very popular role as the green faced witch Alphabet in Wicked, the musical version of The Wizard of Oz, and for her role on the television hit series Glee.

Menzel wowed the crowd with her vocal range and pithy remarks including a zippy one about Barbara Streisand’s flattery towards her at the 2008 Kennedy Center Awards. Good sense of humor by Ms. Idina.

Highlights included numbers from Wicked as well as Menzel’s version of  Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.

It was another successful Symphony at Salk for a great cause as noted by William Brody. "Proceeds from Symphony at Salk benefit our research efforts, providing our scientists with the operating flexibility to explore some of their most creative ideas in the lab."

Since 1960 the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has been a national leader for disease research primarily in: AIDS, Alzheimer’s aging, autism, birth defects, cancer, diabetes, gene therapy, plant biology and vision.

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Peggy and Peter Preuss



Leanne MacDougal

Leanne MacDougal, Walter Eckert, and Connie Branscombe

Christine Forester

Leonard and Betty Kornreich

Sheryl and Harvey White

Sheryl and Harvey White arriving...

Sheryl and Harvey White

Sheryl and Harvey White

Sheryl and Harvey White

Craig and Chris Andrews

Loraine and Issac Levy with Jessica Grossman and Mateo Levy

Bob and Nina Doede

Bob and Nina Doede

Sheryl White .....simply glam....

Linda Howard and Gigi Fenley

Karen Cohn

Karen Cohn with Margo Schwab

Marsha Chandler with Karen Cohn

Iris Strauss with Joan Jacobs, Marsha Chandler, and Karen Cohn

Irwin Jacobs with Debbie Turner and Conrad Prebys, and Betty and Leonard Kornreich

Judith Harris

Judith Harris in emerald green

Above and Below, David Copley with Faye Russell and Andrew Shelton

Iris Strauss, just back from a birthday voyage to Greece, with Marsha Chandler and Irwin Jacobs

Andrew Shelton with Stuart Jamieson, and Colette Royston

Matt Strauss with Wesley Fata, Christopher Beach, Kathleen Kennedy, and John Reed

John Reed with William Brody

Christopher Beach with Ann Campbell and Wesley Fata

Andrew Shelton with Irwin and Joan Jacobs, David Copley, and Robin and Gerry Parsky

Gerry and Robin Parsky

Ross Gano and Cheryl Mitchell with Scott Johnston, Claire Reiss, and Guest

Those girls, Colette Royston and Iris Strauss

Margo Schwab with Salk supporter, Charles Brandes

Irwin Jacobs welcoming guests and introducing William Brody, President of the Salk Institute

William Brody making a few remarks to guests

The crowd listening to every note of the San Diego Symphony

Special Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins

Above and Below, the incomparable Idina Menzel

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* Margo Schwab, MBA, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego by way of Claremont Graduate School . Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor and co-owner of The Social Diary.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary Magazine are pleased to announce a partnerships with the San Diego Humane Society and SD METRO Magazine. They have also partnered with Country Friends and the San Diego American Heart Association and the Arthritis Foundation.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are now members of the University Club and its worldwide ClubCorp Compass Society. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are Police Press credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.


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