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San Diego Symphony Opus Gala starring Lang Lang

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With a theme of Opus and a headliner of Lang Lang, things could not have been more perfect for the San Diego Symphony Gala October 6th, 2012..... but perfection exceeded it was!

"It was a special evening and the concert was outstanding!" said patron Iris Strauss who was resplendent in her favorite Oscar de la Renta gown. "Lang Lang is a pleasure and a privilege to watch and to see! A great showman, a very exciting pianist. Bravo to the San Diego Symphony for such a wonderful evening."

Co-Chair Mitch Woodbury, Honorary Chairs Rana Sampson and Mayor Jerry Sanders, and Co-Chairs Phyllis and Dave Snyder


The night started with cocktails at the University Club, and continued with two slightly different thematic dinners.

The Sweethearts Room dinner offered by University Club Chef Eric Mauritzen offered Grilled Range Chicken with Mandarin Orange Sauce, while the second gala dining room offered Braised Short Ribs with Asian Barbecue Sauce. All were enjoyed.

Then it was time for the San Diego Symphony performance. With Lang Lang as the star guest performer, the audience was exceptionally pleased. Social Diary parents Shirley and Paul Schwab included!

Among the guests there were Kathy Paulin, Annika and Gordon Kovtun, Lisette Farrell, Bob Caplan, Hillel Mazansky, Joanne Laverson, Sheryl and Harvey White, Honorary Chairs Rana Sampson and Mayor Jerry Sanders, Co-Chairs Mitch Woodbury and Phyllis and Dave Snyder, and Sweetheart Co-Chairs Annie Dugger, Stephany Higgins, Star Hughes, Alison Maloof, and Katie Oliver.

The evening continued past midnight with games of chance, desserts and celebration at the University Club.

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Chinese 'Dragon' entertaining arriving guests

Miriam and David Smotrich


Phyllis and Dave Snyder

Annika Kovtun in eye catching Michael Kors ** Rana Sampson and Mayor Jerry Sanders

Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Symphony patrons Gordon and Annika Kovtun ** Rana Sampson with Phyllis Snyder

Ofelia Alksne with her husband John Alksne entering amidst Jeanne Jones, Lael Kovtun et al.

Gordon Kovtun with his parents, Lael and Jay Kovtun

Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg ** Andrew and Catherine Clark in conversation with guests

Mayor Jerry Sanders bussing greeting good friend Jeanne Jones

Miriam Smotrich smoldering in Marchesa ** Michael Campbell with Jordan who is wearing a fiery and elegant Jordan design

Brianna Garcia, Spence Oliver, Nicole Garcia, and Josh Colace

Robbie Hixson

beautiful 'armament' by VC

Karen and Seth Goldman

Marti and Jane McCullough with Mel and Linda Katz, and David Copley

Guests with Andrew and Catherine Clark

Joyce Gattas ** Catherine Clark

Helene and George Gould

Ingrid Hibben showing lots of pizazz

Edward 'Ward' Gill the CEO of the San Diego Symphony

Generous San Diego Symphony Patrons, Rachel Grosvenor and David Copley

Mel Katz with Rachel Grosvenor

Iris Strauss with Joyce Gattas

Sook Hansen in vibrant traditional gown of South Korea

Michael Grossman, Brooklyn raised.....

Margaret and Michael Grossman with Joye Blount

Jessie Knight Jr. with Andrew and Catherine Clark


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Back in the early 90's, times were tough for many organizations. For the San Diego Symphony, some very generous angels came through ... Rachel and Judson Grosvenor, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Lael and Jay Kovtun, Margaret and Michael Grossman.... bravo!



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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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