Taking Flight

| January 2, 2015 | Parties National

The Party
Channeling the swank, insouciant cool of the Rat Pack era, the San Diego Symphony invited guests to “Come Fly With Me,” the 2014 installment of the annual Opus gala. How literal was the invitation? Let’s just say that a vintage prop plane took over B Street, parked outside Copley Symphony Hall, a surefire photo backdrop for the cocktail crowd that gathered as the festivities began.

The People
Revelers in black-tie garb dazzled on the red carpet, sipping Champagne and drooling over Van Cleef & Arpels jewels on a quartet of models. Joan and Irwin Jacobs, namesake philanthropists behind the Jacobs Music Center complex that is home to the symphony, took in the scene before guests were summoned upstairs to dine at The University Club atop Symphony Towers.

Best in Show
Between the lavish dinner and an afterparty that went into the wee hours, attendees sat for a symphony performance conducted by Jahja Ling with guest artist, pianist Lola Astanova. Hot auction items also featured the duo, including a Palm Beach escape with Astanova; and Ling as dinner theater, tickling the ivories during a dinner party onstage at the symphony, to be hosted by the winning bidder. Unsurprisingly, the evening’s final fundraising tally soared: $840,000 will benefit the symphony’s education programs. Bravo! –Photography by Tim Hardy, shotbyhardy.com


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