By Meredith Grenier, The Daily Breeze
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Members of the Peninsula Committee for the L.A. Philharmonic have raised the bar on food and wine tastings exponentially. For starters, they invited the area’s premier restaurants to participate in their recent Grand Salon fundraiser. Add to this their venue — the exquisite seaside estate of Carolyn and Julian Elliott, who have opened their home to the benefit for the past 10 years.
Throw in an elegant silent auction, chaired by Ann Marinovich, offering goodies such as a seven-night stay in Schull Harbour, West Cork, Ireland, donated by Marinovich and her husband, Larry, or an intimate Spanish dinner for 10 at the home of Ed DeRenzis and Nancy Siskowic and donated by the DeRenzis and Van and Diana Honeycutt.
But the icing on the cake was a performance by two popular members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in the Elliotts’ living room, featuring high ceilings, a crystal chandelier, grand piano, sweeping ocean vistas and seating for about 150 guests.
The Grand Salon committee, led by co-chairs Claudia Grzywacz and Marian Hall, thought of every detail to enhance the experience. Witness the instrumental serenade as guests arrived and throughout the evening by Amuse Guitar Quartet members Ashanti Dykes, Ryan Samani, Daisy Gantner and Bijan Afshar, as well as the Palos Verdes High School String Trio — Marcus Chang, Jamie Chung and Laura Gong.
But there were other fun perks, too, such as the hard-working bartenders. How often are you waited upon by some of the Peninsula’s most successful individuals, including top corporate executives and a prominent cardiologist. These included Dave Jones, Jack McDonald, Jann Feldman, Debby McDonald, Thomas Grzywacz, Dana Takeuchi, Mike Del Vicario, Van Honeycutt, Larry Marinovich, Alan Frew, James De Flon, Tom Paulsen and Tom Connaghan. (It was no coincidence that most of the male bartenders were spouses of committee members.)
Then there were the individual greeters — Claudia Grzywcvz, Marian Hall, committee PCLAP President Paula Del Vicario, Alicia Maniatakis, Sue Frew and Shirley Farley — who set the stage for an elegant evening while Debby McDonald, Jann Feldman, Virginia Butler and Tammy Kolodny offered champagne on silver platters.
Prior to the evening’s musical program, Paula Del Vicario gave a “heartfelt thanks” to benefactors and donors as well as the evening’s restaurant sponsors, such as Chez Melange, Mar’sel at Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes Golf Club and seven others.
Next, Claudia Grzywcvz awarded the Elliotts with a plaque commemorating the couple’s 10 years of hosting the event. “You are an inspiration to us all,” Grzywcvz said to thunderous applause.
With Mike Del Vicario’s wife serving her second term as president, the doctor has a first-hand perspective of the group’s mission.
“This is a really fun group,” he said. “These guys do it for the love of music, and they are very committed to the orchestra and passionate about the community and children’s education.”
The Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic
is proud to present an evening of
world class music, fine wine, and gourmet tastings
at the seaside estate of
Carolyn and Julian Elliott Palos Verdes Estates
Sunday, May 15, 2016 5 to 8 o’clock in the evening
Tickets $175 – by invitation only
Contact us at 310-544-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Benefactor for a contribution of $1000 or more and receive two tickets with reserved seating and recognition in the program.
To make a donation in any amount contact us at 310-544-1885 or email@example.com
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization EIN #23-7169837
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
CATHERINE RANSOM KAROLY joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as second flutist in May 1996, and was appointed Associate Principal Flute in March 2009. In October 2000, she made her solo debut with Esa-Pekka Salonen in Ibert’s Flute Concerto. Before coming to Los Angeles, Karoly spent three seasons in the New World Symphony in Miami, under music director Michael Tilson Thomas. As a member of the award-winning Dorian Wind Quintet, she appeared regularly on chamber music series throughout the United States. Recently, she released a CD of flute and piano music titled “French Inspirations.” Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Karoly received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with Phi Beta Kappa honors and was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to England. She is married to LA Phil cellist, Jonathan Karoly; they are the parents of three children.
JOANNE PEARCE MARTIN was appointed in 2001 as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s keyboardist. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and has been guest soloist with many orchestras. In great demand as a collaborative artist, she has performed with such artists as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, and Joseph Silverstein. She has performed at many summer music festivals and concert series. This season, she and her husband, Gavin Martin, have concertized together internationally as a two-piano team. Her playing has been described by the LA Times as possessing “unusual fervor and fluency” and “stirring virtuosity.” Her CD entitled “Barefoot,” was released to critical acclaim. When she’s not making music, you might find Joanne up in the air – she is an instrument-rated airplane pilot and master-rated skydiver.
My Big Fat Greek Beach Party at Portuguese Bend Beach Club
Trifecta! A 3-hour sunset cruise on a 72”-foot yacht, while enjoying appetizers, drinks and a Mexican Fiesta
An Octoberfest Party at the Del Vicario Biergarten – Food! Music! Brew! Friends! PROST!
A Little Martini Madness – A fun-filled evening, while sampling a rainbow assortment of delicious martinis and yummy hors d’oeuvre
Tour of Central Library and Getty Gallery and Lunch at the California Club Poolside
East L.A. Latin Flavors Food & Culture Tour
2 Getaways to cottages in Ireland
Four tickets each to a Clippers and Kings games donated by Staples Center
Eberle Winery- VIP Tasting & Tour
Dark Pink Quartz Pendant with chain donated by Morgan Jewelers
and much, much more…
Palos Verdes High School Quartet
Kaori Shimizu, first violin
Marcus Chang, second violin
Jamie Chung, cello
Laura Gong, viola
Gourmet Tastings Provided by
837 Silver Spur Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
1611 Catalina Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
777 Deep Valley Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
4525 Calle Mayor
Torrance. CA 90505
1814 So. Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Ports O’Call Restaurant
1200 Nagoya Way
San Pedro, CA 90731
Rock and Brews
6300 Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Mar’sel – Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Sweet Harmony Bakery
San Pedro, CA
Sincere Appreciation to Our Supporters
Invitations generously underwritten by
261 B Promenade on the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Special thanks to the Music in the Garden sponsors:
Anonymous, Ann & Jim Carley, Alice Chekian, Sandra Clay & AMUSE,
Paula & Michele Del Vicario, Marian & Jim Duntley, Elaine & Ron Florance, Linda & Will Gassett, Jackie Givins, Karen Gottlieb, Cheryl & Geoff Graue, Marilyn & Dale Hoffman, Yuri & Tom Kantor,
Kay & Bill Magee, Paula & Brad Moore, Patt & Bill Parker, Tricia & Tom Paulsen,
Judy & Rolf Sannes, Marlene & Michael Shlens and Karen Tozer
The Peninsula Committee’s Music in the Garden is only two short months away. Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 6, 12:00-4:00 PM. Once again the South Bay Botanic Garden will be the venue for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment provided by young musicians from the Peninsula and South Bay schools. This will be held during the Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival so come listen to the music and enjoy the beauty of the Cherry Trees!
Another Grand Salon tour took place on Tuesday, October 20. The destination was the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art followed by lunch at Polo Lounge. The lucky participants are pictured below:
Colin and Lesley Hull, Ann Ehrenclou, Joanne Austin, Sue Frew, Alanna Kennedy,
Joyce Robertson, Marci Gleason and Diana Honeycutt
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