It was a Leonard Bernstein love fest when the Boston Symphony Orchestra kicked off its 137th season with the Opening Night Gala that featured a concert of the Boston-bred composer’s works to mark the centennial celebration of his birth.
The soiree began with cocktails and little nibbly things, continued with the concert—led by maestro Andris Nelsons and featuring famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and soprano Julia Bullock—and concluded with an elegant dinner of dishes inspired by Bernstein’s favorites, served at tables decorated with Bernstein-related images from the BSO’s archives.
Front and center: co-chairs Suki and Miguel de Bragança and Lynn Dale and Frank Wisneski, silver fox Susan Paine, uber arts patrons Cindy and Oliver Curme, the delightful Roberta Cohn, blond bombshell Karen Bressler and her handsome husband, Scott Epstein, the beautiful and bewitching Susan Kaplan, ubiquitous hipsters Linda and Dan Waintrup, stalwart symphony supporters Paul and Katie Buttenwieser, stylish intellectuals Marjorie Arons-Barron and James Barron, and one person at dinner who noted that the wine wasn’t “the usual plonk you get at these things; it’s actually quite good!”
In fact, everything was.
The following exchange was overheard: “I love Leonard Bern-STEEN.”
“Oh, whatever. Iceberg, Goldberg.”
However, the evening’s most amusing remark came from the person who observed, “West Side Story might’ve been the Sharks vs. the Jets in the 1950s, but these days, it’s your average Joes vs. real estate agents who want 3 million bucks for a broom closet.’” ◆
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