SaddleBrooke Progress

March 2009

SASO Gala Attendees Were Star Struck by the Event

The SASO String Quartet, one of many silent auction items, could perform privately in your home.

Passing of the baton from Irving Olson to this year's winning bidder, Ken Kim; Ken will lead the orchestra in its first number of our 30th anniversary to kick off the 2009/2010 season.

Left to right: Ron Melzer, Dorothy Vanek (season sponsor), and Ruth Ann Melzer

“A good time was had by all” echoed throughout the MountainView Ballroom when SASO gala-goers gathered to be star struck by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, January 31. It was a time for music lovers to say thank you to this group of musicians who volunteer their time and talent to bring 10 concerts each year to our community. One hundred and fifty guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining, fabulous entertainment, fun, fellowship, and fund-raising!

Auctioneer, Ron Melzer, sold some magnificent, unique items to very generous and excited buyers, including a shaman statue by local artist V. Dave Dame, an opportunity to conduct the orchestra at a SASO concert next season, a catered dinner for eight, commissioning a new piece of music for the orchestra’s 30th year anniversary (2009-2010), the SASO String Quartet playing in your home, all in addition to many silent auction items. Musical entertainment was provided by jazz pianist Nick Stanley, the SASO String Quartet, concert pianist Elliott Hayes, and the SASO Chamber Orchestra conducted by Martin Majkut. Ruth Ann Melzer, mistress of ceremonies, kept things lively and moving on track. It was an evening to make memories to last until this time next year when we do it again! We hope you will join us.

Meanwhile, if you have not had the pleasure of hearing a Southern Arizona Symphony concert, please take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy wonderful orchestral music right here in SaddleBrooke. The next concert is Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. in the DesertView Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door, online (, or at the MountainView Clubhouse ticket office. And look for interviews with orchestra members who live in SaddleBrooke on Channel 2, by Sights ‘n Sounds. SASO, with music director, Linus Lerner, is performing wonderful music for your listening pleasure. Don’t miss it!

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