Chatham Baroque moved on up to the East Liberty side, adding a chunk of funk to its annual Twelfth Night Gala on Saturday. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater proved to be a practical choice with the addition of valet parking — it offers a stage and theater seating plus a lobby perfect for the silent auction that kept the 200 guests busy.
Chaired by Tim McVay and David Bush, the evening began with an onstage VIP reception, with guests mingling with the Chatham Baroque musicians — Andrew Fouts, Patricia Halverson and Scott Pauley. Grapenuts provided champagne and sparkling rose flights, and E2, working with Deb and Manny Reich, put together the cocktail buffet and light supper, which included assorted olives, capers and cheese spreads served from Mason jars with grilled baguette slices, grilled sausages and vegetables, meatballs and shaved fennel salad.
Chatham Baroque performed onstage during the VIP reception, and then the stage curtains opened for the general party. Livermore created signature cocktails, and the dance music played until Chatham took the stage for another set.
Known nationwide for its performances of baroque music, Chatham Baroque has just released its 10th album, “Bach and Baroque.” In its 23rd season, it will tour this year to Washington, Los Angeles and the Midwest and be featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.
Supporters included Clyde Jones from sponsor UPMC, Richard Rauh, Diana Reid, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Harris and Janet Ferris, Attack Theatre’s Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, Karla Boos, Patrick Jordan and Eileen French, Larry Leahy and John Vandegrift, Pam and Ken McCrory, Paul and Carol Stockman, Nachum Golan and Steve Hough, Steve and Betsy Magley, Sam and Jean Myers-Newbury, Betsy and Tom Teti, auction chair Kimberly Francis, emcee Brian Siewiorek and executive director Marc Giosi.
Marylynn Uricchio: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1582.