By Krasi Henkel
Saturday, March 11 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa, the annual Loudoun Symphony Chef’s Tasting Gala brought together patrons of the orchestra, musical performances by orchestra members, and exceptional and varied tasting options presented by distinguished Loudoun chefs. Guests dressed in cocktail attire enjoyed an absolute feast for the senses.
The evening’s festivities to benefit the Loudoun Symphony and Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra were projected to earn $40,000, according to Executive Director, Karen Knobloch. “The mission of the Loudoun Symphony is to enrich our community through music. Our vision is to become a premier regional symphony through artistic excellence,” said Knobloch.
The Symphony is composed of about 60 musicians who are selected by audition. The season includes concerts and special performances. The next concert will be on April 29 at Stone Bridge High School. The program will include works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, featuring David Searle, Guest Conductor and Donna Lee, piano.
Music during the reception and Chef’s tasting dinner was provided by Tia Wood, pianist; Clara Salazar, harpist; and Two Rivers Chamber Music, featuring Teresa Gordon on violin – the Symphony’s Concertmaster.
The future of the organization depends on the passion and development of young artists and performers. The Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, directed by Matthew Brown, provides an educational program for musicians between the ages of 12 and 18. Admission is by audition. They present two full concert programs per year and also offer master classes and coaching sessions by professional musicians. In addition, special “recital” programs are also presented at local libraries to give musicians experience performing solos and duets.
It was an evening of gratitude and generosity. Lansdowne Resort and Spa was the Gold Event Sponsor. Eight chefs and restaurants/food establishments provided exceptionally prepared and displayed tasting treasures, and guests cheerfully bid on live auction items including trips and services along with a silent “mystery wine” auction. Board of Directors member, Anne Nouri, benefit auction specialist at Sorelle Auctions for a Cause, provided MC and auction services.
A treasure of Loudoun County, the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and Loudoun Youth Symphony provide musical enrichment to our community.
To learn more about the Symphony, visit their website: www.loudounsymphony.org.