The Battle of the Bands returned at the 2016 Colorado Symphony Ball, but actually everybody won on Saturday night.
The crowd continued to carry forth the tradition of the “Bach to Rock” theme, sporting t-shirts and bow ties, gowns and leather, and just plain zany outfits sprinkled in.
Libby Anschutz, with her band Tracksuit Wedding, was one of the contenders, along with serving as co-chair with bandmate and longtime friend Ali Pashel Frankfurt. The DaVita Blues All Stars gave them a run for the votes, with Tracksuit Wedding prevailing after lots of jammin’ and rockin’ and crowd-pleasing numbers from both, playing with members of the CSO.
Mike and Michelle Fries were recognized as the recipients of the 2016 Margaret Phipps Award.
In the end, approximately $1 million was raised for Colorado Symphony programs, which continue to be more and more creative and passionate under the steady leadership of Board Co-Chairs Jerry and Mary Rossick Kern. The Symphony performed over 150 times in 2015 with an expanded and diversified repertoire to appeal to people of all ages and many different tastes. Educational programs were expanded, with activities for a wide array of participants from preschool to senior citizens.
To learn more about the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, log on to coloradosymphony.org.
Beautiful centerpieces by Bouquets
CSO members entertained during the reception.
Izzy Abbass, left, CPT Richard Sandrock, 1LT Gwenn Sandrock, Susan Ellis (with CSO and wife of Izzy), Larry Brezicka, orchestra manager
Nancy Cochran, left, Bill and Ann Stolfus
John Estes and Norma Horner
Cathy and Rob Klugman, left, with Neil and Cindy Westergaard
Barbara and Ed Greene, left, with Joanne Davidson
Debra Johnson, left, Commissioner Rick Griffith and Tony Pierce
Trustee Diane Hill, left, Kevin Somerville, Joan and John Baldwin, Development Director Christina Carlson
Petra and Mark Richards, left,
Amy Oaks and Gregg Kvistad
Alan Wigod, left, Tony Accetta and trustee Diane Hill
Norm and Joan Wilson, left, with Board Co-Chairs Mary Rossick Kern and Jerry Kern
Nijole and Walter Rasmussen, left, Matt and Lillian Marsh, Jennifer and Bruce DiBiase
Sandy and Evan Laskey (trustee)
Roger and Susan Bowles (board secretary and CSO cellist)
Eddy Bowles, left, Matt McNeill, Rick Palacio and Graham Kaltenbach
Keith and Kathie Finger, left, with Patti and Jim Hanegan
Members of DaVita Blues All Stars: Dante Jackson, left, Terri Love, Rachele Jackson, Sonya Echols, Eugene Echols
Event Co-Chair Libby Anschutz, left, honorees Michelle and Mike Fries, Katy Powers and Chris Terrill
Steve Murray, left, Betsy Leighton, Dave and Marcie Prokupek
Steve Edmonds and Daniel Kopnisky
Ann Daley, left, Jack Emerson, Cathey and Dick Finlon
John Riley, left, Lise Woodard, Don Elliman
Pegi and Michael Touff, left, Dianne Eddolls, Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld
Auction Committee: Elaine Brickman, Steve Edmonds, Susan Ellis, John Hilton, Leah Kovach, Sara Moore, Barbara Sarvis, Elyse Tipton, Jim White
Jerry and Mary Rossick Kern; Mayor Michael Hancock
Track Suit Wedding vs DaVita Blues All Stars
Presenting: Arrow Electronics, the Anschutz Foundation; Virtuoso: Liberty Global, Malone Family Foundation, United Airlines; Maestro: Anonymous, AMG National Trust Bank, DaVita, Expedia, IAC Corporation, Jerome and Mary Rossick Kern; Encore: Delta Dental Plan of CO, Keith and Kathie Finger, LionTree Advisors LLC, Sherman & Howard, Linda Shoemaker and Steve Brett; Concertmaster: Mr and Mrs Tony Accetta, Baker Botts LLP, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Centura Health, Denver Broncos Football Club, Discovery Communications, Adam and Stephanie Donner, Diane Hill and Kevin Somerville, Dr. Christopher Ott and Jeremy Simons, Amanda Precourt/The Precourt Foundation; Publishing House, University of Denver; see additional sponsors at coloradosymphony.org
Asparagus and citrus salad; boneless braised short rib steak, roasted red pepper polenta; Brussel sprouts; chocolate hazelnut dome cake;
Bach to Rock
Leadership Committee: Rick Bailey, Andrew Bauer, Scott Campbell, Zach Detra, Stephanie Donner, Kathleen Johnson, Brooks Kanski, Jerry Kern, Rich Kylberg, Jon Masoudi, Patrick McKinstry, Chris Ott, Jay Peaslee, Barbara Springer
Board of Directors:
Trustee officers: Jerome Kern and Mary Rossick Kern, co-chairs; Stephanie Donner, treasurer; Susan Bowles, secretary; see coloradosymphony.org for a complete list of all trustees