The Grand Salon: From Adagio to Presto

By Jane Beseda
Photos by Ellen Perkins, Lu Takeuchi, and Corina Easley

Visualize a perfect evening of celebration, with moments of serenity punctuated by moments of exhilaration.  Great music played by world class musicians? at a cliffside estate overlooking the sea? complemented by great food and wine? with enticing auction items promising new adventures?  That golden evening was the 2015 Grand Salon and Auction held on May 31 at the storybook home of Carolyn and Julian Elliott.

A stunning view of the cliffs

A stunning view of the cliffs

All the preparation is done and the Committee is ready for action.  Let the celebration begin!

Grand Salon Committee:  (front row L-R)Co-chairs Jane Beseda and Marian Hall, (2nd row) Lu Takeuchi, Jean Strickland, Debby Mc Donald, Verna Balch, (3rd row) Sharon Guthrie (Auction Co-chair), Jann Feldman, Deborah Deutsch, Judy Sannes, (4th row) Diana Honeycutt, Paula Del Vicario (President), Marian Duntley, 5th row) Cheryl Graue, Marilyn Hoffman (Auction Co-chair), Nancy Siskowic

Grand Salon Committee: (front row L-R) Grand Salon Co-chairs Jane Beseda and Marian Hall, (2nd row) Lu Takeuchi, Jean Strickland, Debby Mc Donald, Verna Balch, (3rd row) Sharon Guthrie (Auction Co-chair), Jann Feldman, Deborah Deutsch, Judy Sannes, (4th row) Diana Honeycutt, Paula Del Vicario (PCLAP President), Marian Duntley, (5th row) Cheryl Graue, Marilyn Hoffman (Auction Co-chair), Nancy Siskowic

Thanks to the many volunteers who lent a hand as bartenders, welcome table helpers, auction-meisters, greeters, set-up & schlep crew, restaurant coordinators, and oh-so-many other jobs.

Setting up on Friday:  Judy Sannes, Marian Hall, Jane Beseda, Linda Gassett

Setting up on Friday: Judy Sannes, Marian Hall, Jane Beseda, Linda Gassett

Bright smiles welcome our guests:  Linda Whitson, Judy Sannes, and Carol Hart

Bright smiles welcome our guests: Linda Whitson, Judy Sannes, and Carol Hart

Auction items neatly arrayed and ready for lively bidding

Auction items neatly arrayed and ready for lively bidding

The most popular pre-concert spot — the wine bar.  Bartenders Michele Del Vicario and Jim Moore

The most popular pre-concert spot — the wine bar. Bartenders Michele Del Vicario and Jim Moore

New restaurant, Lou's on the Hill, offering tasty bites

New restaurant, Lou’s on the Hill, offering tasty treats

And everybody had a great time!

Dottie Lay and Sue Frew

Dottie Lay and Sue Frew

Marilyn Hoffman and Sara Jane Bettge

Marilyn Hoffman and Sara Jane Bettge

Jean Strickland, Lenita Witherspoon, Kei Benoit

Jean Strickland, Lenita Witherspoon, Kei Benoit

Joe and Phyllis Sherwood and Fraser Perkins

Joe and Phyllis Sherwood and Fraser Perkins

Dale Hoffman (Auction) and Jim Beseda (Many Jobs)...comparing notes on their assignments from their wives

Dale Hoffman (Auction) and Jim Beseda (Many Jobs)…comparing notes on their assignments from their wives

A string trio of LA Phil musicians thrilled us with a superb performance of Schubert and Beethoven.

LA Phil musicians captivating the crowd:  Jin-Shan Dai, violin, Robert deMaine, cello, Ben Ullery, viola

LA Phil musicians captivating the crowd: Jin-Shan Dai, violin, Robert deMaine, cello, Ben Ullery, viola

Our student musicians made us proud.  Their talent promises a bright future for classical music.

Palos Verdes High School String Trio:  Kaori Shimizu, violin, Eileen Kim, violin, ???, viola

Palos Verdes High School String Trio: Edward Shin, violin, Eileen Kim, violin, Kaori Shimizu, viola

AMUSE Saxophone Trio:  James Sonoda, alto saxophone, Benny Golbin, alto and soprano saxophones, Naoki Kita, tenor saxophone

AMUSE Saxophone Trio: James Sonoda, alto saxophone, Benny Golbin, alto and soprano saxophones, Naoki Kita, tenor saxophone

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With heartfelt thanks to Carolyn and Julian Elliott for generously opening their home in support of the LA Phil and PCLAP Youth Music Programs.

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Co-chair Marian Hall, Hostess Carolyn Elliott, Co-chair Jane Beseda

Co-chair Marian Hall, Hostess Carolyn Elliott, Co-chair Jane Beseda

6 responses to “The Grand Salon: From Adagio to Presto

  1. So many thanks for sending out all the fantastic photos.

    Phyllis Sherwood