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Chorale Assn. Schedules Scottish Salute

October 19, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Scottish tartan ties or full highland dress will be appropriate. So will dinner jackets when the Los Angeles Master Chorale Assn. stages its "A Calling of the Pipes" gala Saturday introducing John Currie from Edinburgh, Scotland, the music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore.

It's a Scottish salute for the man who's making a hit in Los Angeles. Andre Previn is honorary chairman. Robinson's Maureen Wright is co-chairman and Anna Mae Kass, co-chairman. Robert Willoughby Jones, Chorale executive director, and Marshall A. Rutter, chairman of the Chorale board of directors, are also involved at the top level. The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, then dinner and the Scottish Salute to Currie and dancing.

On the honorary committee are the Sheldon I. Ausmans, the Eaton W. Ballards, the Walter Berans, the Joseph Coulombes, Robert J. Feder, the Harry Wetzels, the Thomas Wachtells, the Richard R. Von Hagens, Ginny Mancini, Gerald R. Parsky, Peter Hemmings, Dorothy Kirsten French, Dan and Camilla Frost, the Richard Ferrys, the William Kieschnicks, the Meyer Luskins, David Ingalls, the Sidney Petersons, the Allen Questroms, the Robert Rifkinds, Howard Swan, Curtis Tamkin, and the ubiquitous Blanche Seaver.

The Master Chorale was launched in 1964 under the direction of the late Z. Wayne Griffin and Robert Wagner, who retired last season as music director laureate. Currie, internationally known for the Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, is the successor. The Chorale's own 23rd concert season at the Pavilion of the Music Center begins in November. The Chorale also serves as resident chorus for the new Music Center Opera.

Gordon Davidson directs "Ghetto" by Joshua Sobol when it opens Oct. 30 as part of the Mark Taper Forum's 20th anniversary celebration.

Evelyn Golden wanted to do something a little different this year. So she and the Women's Committee of the Palm Springs Desert Museum are bringing a little piece of New Orleans to Palm Springs on Nov. 16. "New Orlean's Jazz and Jambalaya" will feature the renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band for an exclusive engagement and a benefit concert and dinner. Naturally, Cajun and Creole cooking. Leslie Beghart is assistant co-chairman. The concert will be held in the Annenberg Theater. They're expecting 450.

Paper butterflies on copper wires twitter from the invitations that free-spirits Larry and Maj Hagman have sent for their luncheon today "to meet our friend Barton." The fete at their Malibu Colony Drive home honors Barton Lidice Benes, in town three weeks to open his show at the Feingarten Gallery, Oct. 28. Gail Feingarten and her escort, judge Matt Byrne, will be there, and so will a lot of other free spirits--Joan and Jack Quinn, Judge William and Merri Norris, Ivan Goff, Andy Williams, Stanley and Lynn Beyer (who also have a Malibu place), and Bob Mackie. In the past, Barton has been known to shred currency and encrust it in cement for his sculptures, collages and wall-pieces.

A side benefit of raising money is giving it away. ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation Inc. (Los Angeles Founder Chapter) has some fun planned for Nov. 17 in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center. Members will bestow most of the $310,000 they raised last year (through the founder group and the ARCS Auxiliary) for science scholarships upon 100 outstanding college scientists representing 11 Southland colleges and universities.

Founder chapter president Mrs. James E. Goerz and ARCS Auxiliary president Mrs. Thomas F. Grojean will present framed certificates to the students, and college officials will accept the scholarship monies for distribution to Caltech's Marvin Goldberger, Harvey Mudd's D. Kenneth Baker, Northrop's B. J. Shell, Occidental's Richard C. Gilman, Pepperdine's David Davenport, Pomona's David Alexander, Scripps Institution of Oceangraphy's Edward A. Frieman, UCLA Brain Research Institute's Carmine D. Clementel, and USC's Leonard M. Silverman, Donald Keach and Robert E. Tranquada.

Mrs. Ralph Ruud is luncheon chairman. Also on the committee are Mrs. Thomas M. Malouf, Mrs. Donald E. Dickerson, Mrs. William J. Rea, Mrs. Woodrow W. Meier, Mrs. Sharon Black, Mrs. Edward H. Farmer, Mrs. Charles Mair, Mrs. Donald Tronstein, Mrs. Mike Hollander, Mrs. Charles T. Kierulff and Mrs. William D. Schulte.

Since its founding in 1958, ARCS founder chapter has raised more than $3 million for scholarships.

SAVE THE DATE: Whitney Houston will entertain for the American Cancer Society seventh annual Gala Tribute Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Century Plaza. Clive Davis, president of Arista Records Inc., will be honored.

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