Sapphire Gala, July 2013


A beautiful summer evening was spent at magnificent Rosecliff mansion for the Newport Music Festival's Sapphire Gala. A debonaire group of music lovers and festival supporters gathered for a delicious meal catered by Russell Morin Fine Catering and fabulous entertainment by festival artists.
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Guests gather around the fountain at Rosecliff mansion.
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Dr. Gerhard Meier, Dagmar Meier, Kaja Zaklynsky, and Dr. Orest Zaklynsky.
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Festival general manager Mark Malkovich with Dagmar and Gerhard Meier.
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The Bilden family: Philip, Claire, Philip Sr., Patricia and Andrew.
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Alison and Bill Vareika and Nancy and Ernst Rothe.
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Festival president Diane Hurley with Nuala Pell and her grandaughter.
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Eleanora and Dr. Francisco Gutierrez flank the Reverend John J. Nichols.
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Pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald performed at the Sapphire Gala.
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Co-Chair Virginia Keith takes the podium to welcome guests.
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French harpist Coline-Marie Orliac performed at the Sapphire Gala.
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Jean and Vin Di Bona are all smiles.
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Long-time Festival supporters Roger and Muriel Buck.
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Festival vice president Ruth Orthwein with Laurence and Judy Cutler.
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Nuala Pell and Senator Jack Reed.
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French hornist Eric Ruske sang the praises of the Festival and its impact on his career. Mr. Ruske made his Festival debut in 1989.
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Guests are having a fantastic time before dinner.
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Dr. Orest Zaklynsky with his son Alexander and friend.
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Meghan O'Connor offers a gift to vice-president emeritus Nuala Pell. Mrs. Pell is one of the original founders of the Newport Music Festival.
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American violinist Corinne Chapelle and Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino enthrall the gala guests.
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A reflective moment for harpist Coline-Marie Orliac.
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Festival general manager Mark Malkovich with Natalie and Jim Venetos.
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Bill Crimmins. Mr. Crimmins is one of the original founders of the Newport Music Festival.
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Music lovers and faithful Festival-goers Donald and Marilyn Malpass.
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Swedish flutist Göran Marcusson performed at the Sapphire Gala.
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Mr. Bilden, Sr., his son Philip Bilden and Mark Malkovich enjoy a light moment before dinner.
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Dr. Austin Feeney and his wife, Festival board member Virginia Gambale.
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Violinist Corinne Chapelle acknowledges applause from the audience.
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Festival volunteer coordinator Gail Skidmore and Lynne Romano looking gorgeous.
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American soprano Theresa Cincione enthralls the audience at the Sapphire Gala.
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