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Maestro Bramwell Tovey

Sold-out Vancouver Symphony Ball raises over $790,000 for VSO music programs

A sold-out crowd of 650 symphony lovers came together for the 28th annual Vancouver Symphony Ball at the Vancouver Convention Centre on February 22, raising over $790,000 for the program and music education of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The evening began with a champagne reception as guests browsed silent auction items. Peter Legge, Canada Wide Media Ltd. chairman and CEO, was the master of ceremonies, with welcoming remarks by gala co-chairs Karin Smith, Alexandra Mauler-Steinmann and Lauren Armstrong, plus Kelly Tweeddale, president of the VSO and VSO School of Music. The concert, conducted by maestro Bramwell Tovey, featured a performance by his daughter Jessica Tovey. Hank Bull conducted the live auction, which was followed by dancing to the VSO and a raffle draw.

Proceeds from the Vancouver Symphony Ball help sustain the VSO’s varied programs, including 13 unique music education initiatives that touch the lives of over 50,000 children each year.

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Gala co-chairs Karin Smith, realtor; Lauren Armstrong, Rubicon Organics director of marketing; Alexandra Mauler-Steinmann, consultant; and Peter Legge, Canada Wide Media chairman & CEO

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Colleen Hart, Provincial Health Services Authority VP; and Lincoln Schreiner, Goldcorp VP

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Jennifer Hungerford; Michael Hungerford, Hungerford Properties president; and Mollie Massie

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Betty Lebel and her husband, Pierre Lebel, Imperial Metals Corp. chairman

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Nancy MacKay, MacKay CEO Forums CEO; and Rob MacKay, MacKay CEO Forums COO

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Art Willms, NaiKun Wind Energy Group director; and Kelly Tweeddale, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra president and CEO and VSO School of Music president

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Telus Corp. community affairs directors Andrea Martin and Kenn Hamlin

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From the VSO: Tammy Hu, development officer; Jason Hulbert, manager corporate programs; Lauren Watson, manager annual giving; and Mary Butterfield, individual and legacy giving director

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Olin Anton, retired; and Colin Hansen, AdvantageBC president and CEO

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Suzanne Anton, former attorney general of B.C. and minister of justice; Karimah Es Sabar, Quark Venture Inc. partner and CEO; Chris Black, Surrey School District department head counsellor; and her husband, Iain Black, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade president and CEO

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Kerrie Sayer and her husband, Ryan Sayer, Unison Construction president and CEO

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Lennis Isberg, mortgage broker; and Carl Pines, Owen Bird senior counsel

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Jennifer Gaze and her husband, Christopher Gaze, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival founding artistic director

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Lorne Segal, Kingswood Properties Ltd. president and his wife, Melita Segal

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Outgoing VSO music director Bramwell Tovey; and Peter Legge, Canada Wide Media Ltd. chairman and CEO

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Master of Ceremonies Peter Legge, Canada Wide Media Ltd. chairman and CEO

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Musician Jessica Tovey being conducted by her dad, maestro Bramwell Tovey

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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Musician Jessica Tovey

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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Maestro Bramwell Tovey

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Maestro Bramwell Tovey

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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Peter Legge interviews maestro Bramwell Tovey

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Peter Legge interviews maestro Bramwell Tovey