PHILHARMONIC COMMITTEES EDITION WINTER 2009
The Committees Appreciation Night
The Philharmonic Society’s President and Artistic Director, Dean Corey, showed his
appreciation to The Committees’ volunteers and Committees President Gail Romansky at
the Philharmonia Brasilianos concert on October 11th, presenting her with a beautiful
bouquet of flowers. The Committees Appreciation Night concert was the first of the “3-fer”
concerts made available to Philharmonic Committees members.The other two concerts will
be the San Francisco Symphony on January 18 and the Dublin Philharmonic on March 17.
Dean Corey presented a beautiful bouquet of flowers
to Gail Romansky.
We make a Difference
in our Community
Two new violins awarded
Rose Fruehauf represented the Town & Country Committee of the Philharmonic
Society at a meeting of the Tustin Unified School District Board on November 17,
2008. She presented two new violins to TUSD to use for the musical education of
elementary students who may not be able to acquire an instrument on their own.
Thirty-three instruments have been provided by the Committee during the last
decade. The gift of the instruments is provided by the Philharmonic Society’s Musical
The Town & Country Committee presented the Music Mobile program at ten
schools in the Tustin area during the month of September. The Town & Country
Beckman orchestra teacher Jim Kollias receives two violins from Committee works closely with the TUSD music teaching staff, and takes pleasure in
Town & Country's Rose Fruehauf, purchased with Musical supporting the schools with music activities throughout the school year.
Be sure and add the following events to
C entennialC oncerto
The Huntington Harbour Committee groups
your spring calendar!
presented the Annual Cruise of Lights® this holiday
season and, in so doing, carried on the tradition of
SANTA ANA-TUSTIN COMMITTEE
delighting spectators and raising funds for the PSOC
Annual Author’s Luncheon
since 1963! It certainly has come a long way since a coffee meeting on September
Monday, January 19, 2009
24, 1963, when the work of the Orange County Philharmonic Society was
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
described to many of the early
Costa Mesa Country Club
residents, and the HHPC was
1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa
formed. From its modest
beginnings as a small boat
Chairman Pat Huffnagle, (949) 515-0370
parade in Huntington
Harbour, the Cruise of
CAPISTRANO and IRVINE COMMITTEES
Lights® has grown into an
Romancing the Cello
event witnessed by more
Lynn Harrell, cello
than 20,000 spectators a year.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Huntington Harbour
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Philharmonic Committee is Top left to right: Elise Masseling, Linda Cassidy, Barbara Snegg, Mary Ann
Claes Restaurant, Hotel Laguna justifiably proud of the Cruise Brinket, Eva Kilgore, Christine Faubert. Center: Sheree Novak. Bottom left to
right: Nicolette Kubeck, Marlene Nielsen, Bobbie Compton
425 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach of Lights®, made possible by
Tickets $75, the combined efforts of dedicated volunteer members and their equally
Chairman Barbara Kenton, (949) 361-1704 dedicated husbands.This enormous undertaking is planned throughout the year
and volunteers serve countless hours and expend great effort in various
SADDLEBACK COMMITTEE capacities. It is fitting that this type of community cooperation makes it possible
Theater Party to support the musical and educational programs of the Philharmonic Society of
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Orange County.
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Camino Real Playhouse This year’s Cruise of Lights® theme was Centennial Concerto, and kicked off
31776 El Camino Real the celebration of the City of Huntington Beach’s 100th Anniversary. The
San Juan Capistrano Huntington Harbour Committee was proud and honored that the city chose our
Tickets $35, fundraiser to initiate its celebration.
Chairman Carol Gross, (949) 454-8092
LIDO ISLE COMMITTEE
Luncheon, speaker and
Thursday, February 19, 2009
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Lido Isle Clubhouse
701 Via Lido, Newport Beach
Chairman Anita Dabney, (949) 644-4756
The 2008 Grand Marshal, John Ochs, Islander President, Joyce Zimmerman, Parade Captain, Brian Griley and his wife, former HHPC
Chair, Rocio, proudly surround the banner bearing the slogan and theme for this year's Cruise of Lights®, Centennial Concerto. The
theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the city of Huntington Beach.
Hay Fever, A Comedy
by Noel Coward
A Private Theater Performance
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Local Volunteers Keep Music Playing With 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
“Musical Me” Newport Theatre Arts Center
The Las Canciones 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach
Philharmonic Committee has Wine and appetizers, tickets $75
donated Musical Me programs Chairman B.J. Lang, (949) 640-2857
to all of the fourth grades in the
Placentia-Yorba Linda School FULLERTON COMMITTEE
District through a generous gift Theater and Dinner Party
of $5,000 from member Dixie Sunday, March 8, 2009
Shaw.The“Musical Me”program 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
is now in all 21 elementary Fullerton College Theater/Café Hidalgo
Dixie Shaw and Loretta Benson present Musical Me Programs
schools and the district has 305 North Harbor Boulevard
implemented the program as fourth grade curriculum. “Dixie Shaw is an Tickets $75
inspiration to everyone who meets her,” explained Loretta Benson, fellow Las Chairman Terry Brick, (714) 529-4673
Canciones member.“She is a retired teacher and full-time volunteer. She doesn’t
just advocate things the community needs, but puts her money where she feels it COTO DE CAZA COMMITTEE
can be the most effective in benefiting children.” St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Presenting.... Austin! ALTA BAHIA AND UPPER BAY COMMITTEES
Austin Chen, an outstanding pianist and a
Prelude to Spring
new member of the Orange County Youth
Luncheon and Fashion Show
Symphony Orchestra, presented a program
Friday, March 20, 2009
by Mozart, Chopin and Liszt for Saddleback
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Valley Committee at its October meeting. He
Balboa Bay Club and Resort
received a standing ovation after performing
Daniel Wachs, Austin Chen, Milton Stern
1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach
Ballade in G minor by Chopin. Austin, 14,
performed at the winners’concert in Carnegie
Chairman Theresa Jennings, (949) 675-2769
Hall at the age of 11 when he won the
Bradshaw and Buono International Piano
TOWN & COUNTRY COMMITTEE
Competition. He has won other national and
A Private Performance
international competitions, including the
“Ruthless, a Musical”
Austin at the piano Mozart Festival and the LA Liszt International
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Piano Competition. Austin’s piano instructor, Dr. Milton Stern, CSULA, has been
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
working with Austin for the last couple of years and talked about how he
instructs such outstanding talent. We were also honored to have Daniel Wachs, Newport Theatre Arts Center
the new Music Director of OCYSO, introduce Austin and give a preview of the 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach
upcoming season for the OCYSO. If your Committee is interested in having an Tickets $65,
OCYSO member provide a program for your meeting or an update on the new Chairman Eleanor Beatty, (714) 283-0311
OCYSO season, contact Daniel Wachs at (714) 744-7927.
for Volunteers Romancing the Cello
Join us for a first-class experience of stellar music with LYNN HARRELL, as
Any mileage accrued in the service of a well as a delicious lunch at the Hotel Laguna’s award-winning Claes Restaurant
charitable organization can potentially count on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
as a tax deduction. Unlike employees, who A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher,
cannot deduct the cost of commuting as LYNN HARRELL’s work in America, Europe and Asia has placed him in the
“business expenses,”volunteers can deduct highest echelon of today’s performing artists. Mr. Harrell is the recipient of
14 cents per mile traveled from their home numerous awards. He plays a 1673 Stradivarius and a 1720 Montagnana. This is
to their volunteer sites. a rare chance to hear a great artist“up close and personal.”
Volunteers have two options in Seating is limited. Reservations will be taken through Ruth Shloss at (949)
determining what amount of money they can 733-9388. Opportunity Tickets. Lunch and performance for $75.
Giigle for Success
get a tax deduction for:
• Direct expenses, such as the cost
of gas and oil
The Lido Isle Committee will host its annual benefit luncheon entitled“Giigle
• The standard mileage rate,
for Success” on Thursday, February 19, 2009, at the Lido Isle Clubhouse in
which is 14 cents a mile
Newport Beach. The Ways and Means Committee (Anita Dabney, Nan Galey,
Volunteers can also deduct the full cost of
Pat Hopkins and Debbie Benedict) will be working hard to plan a delightful
tolls, parking fees, cab fares, bus fares, etc. that
afternoon featuring music, a fashion show by “Bo Dangles”and the highlight of
were accrued in charitable service.
the day will be Bonnie Brown, author of“Giigle.”The book tells the story of her
In order to deduct expenses, it is crucial
financial success as the masseuse for the employees of Google.
that you maintain good records. The IRS
Save the date and bring your friends for a most enjoyable day.The ticket price
recommends that volunteers keep records of
is $50.00. For more information and reservations, please call Anita Dabney at
Most people find it a lot simpler to use the
standard mileage rate.
You can create a table Accomplice
or spreadsheet with The Saddleback Valley Committee presents a performance of the comedy
the following thriller “Accomplice”on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. The evening begins with
information: elegant desserts, coffee and champagne at 7:00 p.m. with opening curtain at 8:00
• Date p.m. Opportunity prizes will be offered.
• Purpose Come join the fun at the Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San
• Total Trip Mileage Juan Capistrano. Tickets are $35. Contact Carol Gross for reservations at (949)
• Additional Costs (Keep Receipts for any 454-8092.
additional costs, such as tolls and parking)
Keep a print copy of the spreadsheet in the
car to use as you accrue mileage to help with The Philharmonic Society’s
end of year tax information. website is waiting for you to
You may also deduct 50% of the cost of a explore the possibilities!
business lunch. Keep your receipts.You will be
surprised how much you can save each year. www.Philharmonic
Prelude to Spring
Please plan to join us for a delightful luncheon and fashion show to be
presented jointly by Alta Bahia and Upper Bay Committees on March 20,
2009 at the Balboa Bay
Club and Resort in
Newport Beach. The
event will begin at 11:00
e’ve all survived the
holidays and had
joyful times with friends
a.m. with a social hour
and family. Now…the real
and silent auction. At
work begins! The fall
noon, there will be a
months were filled with
brainstorming and planning
followed by a delicious Members of the Alta Bahia and Upper Bay Steering Committee from left to right:
Jane Grier, Sharon Silcock, Eleanor Anderson, Jean Ulander, Nancy Posch, Mary meetings in anticipation of the awesome
lunch, opportunity prize Chelius, Theresa Jennings & Carol Baugh
goals we have for fundraising. This spring is
drawing, and a fashion
for carrying out those plans and reaping the
show presented by the Collection Shop at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort.
rewards. Bobbitt Williams, one of our “ace”
Be sure to save the date! Tickets are $95. For further information call
fundraisers, reminded me that the first three
Sharon Silcock (949) 722-6421
letters of fundraising are FUN! That is an
attitude worth noting, for while all of our
Authors Luncheon at events require a lot of work, they are also
Costa Mesa Country Club opportunities for our Committee members to
know each other better, to really develop into
Save the date of January 19, 2009, to attend
a team…and to have fun doing it! Truly, our
the Santa Ana-Tustin Committee’s Fourth
FUNdraisers are the only part of our
Annual “Authors”Luncheon at the Costa Mesa Country Club. Two authors
Philharmonic responsibilities that require our
will be featured at the luncheon: Judith Freeman, a novelist, essayist, critic
members to work together within their
and short story writer and Denise Hamilton, critically acclaimed author of
individual Committees to carry out their
the Eve Diamond mystery series.
unique ideas and events. I am confident that I
Lunch and a fashion show will precede the guest speakers. The authors
can depend on every one of our Committees
will sign books following their presentation. Reserve your tickets early as
to do their very best in this challenging year.
space is limited. Call Judy Lecocq at (949) 515-0370 or Pat Huffnagle at (714)
Our ultimate goal never changes, that being
541-3728 for information and reservations.
to support and facilitate our music education
programs for the children of Orange County.
50th Anniversary If we keep that in mind, how can we help but
Celebration – Gail Romansky, President
Balboa Philharmonic Committee presents the 50th Anniversary of the
STARS! It will be held at a spectacular bay front home on Balboa Peninsula
Point. An evening of nostalgia, music, food and spirits with live and silent
auctions are only part of the evening’s celebration.
Save the Date!
Contact Balboa ways and means chairman Mary Lou Skowronski,
MaryLou@AgentMaryLou.com, to share your Committee’s memories, February 14, 2009
photos and 50-year members’names. This event will honor all Committees
and Committees members for 50 years of exemplary volunteer service
F U N D
DEDICATED IN LOVING MEMORY OF :
Donations to the Philharmonic Society’s Tribute Fund are lasting, caring and generous ways to honor an individual's accomplishments, mark special
occasions or memorialize a member, relative or friend. Funds are used as needed for youth programs and scholarships to assist highly qualified music
students with their studies.
Dr. Fred Aengst Martha George David Snegg
IN HONOR OF :
(husband of Janet Lee Aengst) Mrs. Jack Caldwell (husband of Barbra Snegg)
Mr. and Mrs. Milton “Stan”Grier The Huntington Harbour
Mrs. Horner Reed Philharmonic Committee
Eileen Hibner Huntington Harbour
Cameo Philharmonic Committee Islander Group Judith Creely’s
Marcia Coy Huntington Harbour (Upper Bay Committee)
Mr. Douglas Burch Gloria Laun Marina/Windjammer Group birthday.
The Capistrano Committee The Lido Isle Committee Ms. Martha Coyne
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