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The Crowd: Open the wallet and strike up the band

March 07, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • Raj and Marta Bhathal with Marsha and Darrel Anderson.
Raj and Marta Bhathal with Marsha and Darrel Anderson. (Daily Pilot )

Can you think of a better way to offer music enrichment courses in financially challenged public schools than purchasing and providing musical instruments for students desiring to learn? A practice violin costs just $150. A cello runs $300, and an upright piano can be purchased for $500. That's just the beginning. Students want flutes and saxophones and yes, even a tuba.

Enter the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Founded in 1954, the society of passionate men and women dedicated to fostering generational interest in the preservation as well as the future of classical music is one of the premiere resident companies associated with the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. On a grand scale, the society has sponsored many of the region's most celebrated concert performances, including many internationally acclaimed artists. On a grass-roots level, the Philharmonic Society buys violins and flutes and pianos and even tubas for O.C. youngsters enabling the study of music. One child, one instrument at a time.

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Last Saturday night in Costa Mesa, the faithful gathered in the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for an annual dinner gala to renew friendship and pledge both allegiance and funding for Philharmonic programs, including the purchase of those much-needed instruments. Chaired with class, first class, by Marsha Anderson and Marta Bhathal, the glamorous evening was created around a performance by Monica Mancini, the stunning raven-haired daughter of the late prolific composer Henry Mancini.

Following cocktails — including the specialty elixir of the night, fittingly named "The Pink Panther" (vodka and cranberry juice with lime) — the dinner crowd was seated at fabulous tables decorated by the talented Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac fame, as the Patina Group catering crew served a first course of creamy butternut squash agnolotti with black truffle parmesan.

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