League Luncheon and Annual Meeting

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:15 pm 2:00 pm $25

Location: Grand 5-6
3rd Floor

Join us for the League Luncheon and Annual Meeting, the presentation of the Gold Baton and the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, and a special showcase performance. Emceed by Peabody Award winning broadcaster and producer, Elliott Forrest.





The League of American Orchestras’ Annual Meeting is sponsored by CCS Fundraising.


KSPhotoPresentation of the Gold Baton Award to Kris Sinclair, executive director, Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO)

Given annually for distinguished service to America’s orchestras, the Gold Baton is the League’s highest honor. Since 1948, the Gold Baton has recognized individuals and institutions whose far-reaching contributions to the field serve to champion and advance the cause of orchestras and symphonic music throughout the country.

The League of American Orchestras is pleased to honor Association of California Symphony Orchestras executive director Kris Sinclair for three decades of exemplary orchestra advocacy and leadership. Sinclair is retiring this year after thirty-one years at ACSO’s helm.


Presentation of the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Penny Anderson Brill
Michael & Carol Bleier Chair
Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraPhoto Credit: Alicia Dal Lago
Sharon Orme
Bass Clarinet
Detroit Symphony OrchestraPhoto Credit: Cybelle Codish
Jeff Paul
Principal Oboist
South Dakota Symphony OrchestraPhoto Credit: Jeff Paul
Brian Prechtl
Baltimore Symphony OrchestraPhoto Courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Beth Vandervennet
Oakland SymphonyPhoto Credit: Seano Whitecloud

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are a new League of American Orchestras program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund. The awards celebrate orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities.

Join us in this celebration of the following award recipients:

  • Penny Anderson Brill, viola – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music and Wellness Program
  • Shannon Orme, bass clarinet – Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative
  • Jeffrey Paul, Principal Oboe – South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Lakota Music Project
  • Brian Prechtl, percussion – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids
  • Beth Vandervennet, cello – Oakland Symphony’s Music for Excellence Program (MUSE)

Annual Meeting hosted by Patricia A. Richards, chair, Board of Directors, League of American Orchestras

The Luncheon Showcase is sponsored by Uzan International Artists.

Delight in highlights from Gershwin’s classic American drama: Porgy & Bess. This full concert version has captivated sold-out symphony audiences across the country. Straight from the Spoleto Festival USA’s Porgy & Bess, join Victor Ryan Robertson, who you may also know from Baz Luhrman’s La bohème and Three Mo’ Tenors; along with Laquita Mitchell, who just appeared as Bess on the stage of our distinguished hosts, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in addition to her full concert season including engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Then, UIA Presents the first of their Broadway in Concert series which will celebrate the classics we have all come to love. First up, My Fair Lady starring some of Broadway’s brightest stars and featuring special celebrity appearances! Join Elena Shaddow from Broadway’s The Bridges of Madison County as Eliza; Tom Wopat from television’s Dukes of Hazzard as well as many long running Broadway shows as Higgins; and Patrick Dunn from Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol as Freddy.

This showcase performance is led by our music director, Aaron Gandy and pianist Matthew Stephens.  Mr. Gandy joins us directly from the run of West Side Story at the renowned Paper Mill Playhouse and is also known for his work with Disney’s The Lion King. Matthew Stephens has performed in esteemed venues including Lincoln Center and famed cabaret nightclub 54 Below.

Performers: Patrick Dunn, UIA Performer; Aaron Gandy, UIA Performer; Laquita Mitchell, UIA Performer; Victor Ryan Robertson, UIA Performer; Elena Shaddow, UIA Performer; Matthew Stephens, UIA Performer; Tom Wopat, Chaplin Entertainment Performer

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