The crowd arrived in black tie and mask. It was, after all, the night before Halloween, and The Pacific Symphony celebrated in grand style with the opening night pops concert billed as "An Evening of Sentiment and Mystery." The occasion marked the 20th anniversary performance for pops conductor Richard Kaufman. Kaufman led the Pacific Symphony in a wonderful program that featured the starring roles of accomplished Broadway actors billing themselves as "The Three Phantoms." By the end of the Saturday night event, The Pacific Symphony had raised $125,000 from some 200 VIP guests who had come to thank Richard Kaufman for two decades of enchanting entertainment.
The party began at The Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel as the masked guests arrived for sunset cocktails. Greeted by brightly costumed stilt walkers, jugglers, and commedia del' arte performers guests including event co-chair Sally Anderson, Lee Ann and Chris Canaday, Patricia and Otis Cranford, and Rosalie Delmonico, looking smashing in her red satin ball gown and white fur stole, with debonair husband Lou Delmonico, helped to celebrate the 20th anniversary masquerade theme.