published Friday, May 13th, 2011

CSO Guild presents gilded gala


What: Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Guild Gala.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St.

Admission: $150.

Phone: 267-8583.


Though it takes place at the Chattanooga Convention Center this Saturday, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Guild Gala will take attendees to another time and place.

“You’ll think you’re swingin’ at the Sands Hotel in Vegas,” reads a CSO news release of the event, which features “A Night in Vegas” theme. The theme was chosen to reflect the musical stylings of Broadway Pops International’s The Rat Pack, who will perform songs in the style of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, alongside the CSO Big Band.

Game tables will be available to correspond with the Vegas theme, though Guild chair Gloria Stewart said there will be no exchange of cash, just games played for fun.

And while it is hoped the evening will be fun for all in attendance, the primary goal of it, and of the CSO Guild, is to raise money for music education and awareness among local youth. Among its projects are music scholarships and camps for CSO Youth Orchestra members, as well as funding for CSO ensembles to perform and teach in local schools.

“Our goal is to have enough money to send as many ensembles as possible each year,” said Stewart.

One of the auction items will be the opportunity to have a nonspeaking walk-on role in the CBS television series “NCIS,” courtesy of production manager David Schiller, who is the brother of Guild member Linda Friberg. Other items include a signed script from the film “Oceans 11” and box seats at the Hollywood Bowl.

Friberg (along with Jeff Styles, Jim Catanzaro and Carolyn Thompson) is a contender to be a guest conductor at the CSO Pops on the River concert. The winner will conduct one number at the July 3 concert, under the tutelage of CSO Music Director Emeritus Robert Bernhardt.

“[Bernhardt will] make it a lot of fun,” Stewart said. “We’ve got some wonderful contestants.”

The winner of the contest will be announced Saturday at the gala.

about Holly Leber ...

Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...

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