Put this on your wish list: the glamorous first Los Angeles Philharmonic Patron Tour of Europe May 14-27, rendezvousing with Andre Previn and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on their first European tour together.
The tab is steep, but, then, isn't the best? Classy tourists will attend performances by the Philharmonic in four of Europe's great concert halls: Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Munich's Philharmonie Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus and London's Royal Festival Hall.
Stupendous pluses: a pre-concert reception hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Charles H. Price at their London home, Winfield House. Dinner with Ambassador and Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder at Palais Pallavicini in Vienna. Candlelight dinner in Amsterdam's 17th-Century Stadthuis with the city's Mayor Edj Van Thijn. A private tour of Amsterdam's privately owned Van Loon Museum. A boat ride with the orchestra following the evening Concertgebouw performance. Cocktails and dinner with Prince Luipold von Bayern in Munich's medieval Torggel Palais.
Philharmonic program annotator Orrin Howard will be the musical guide for the tour and no doubt the intellectual with the mostest for the tours of castles, palaces and historic houses. An adjunct will be the private tour of the Houses of Parliament, followed by dinner in the Peers' Gallery as guests of the Hon. Neil Thorne, O.B.E., member of Parliament.
Land costs: $3,980 per person and air fare with choices ranging from $1,438 to $4,939. OK, stay home and give yourself a season subscription to the Philharmonic!
WISTERIA: Walk into the David M. Davises' Craftsman bungalow near the Arroyo in Pasadena, and there's a smell of narcissus as one views the eclectic treasures--a feast of two grandmothers' inherited porcelains, Art Deco screens, silver tea strainers impishly placed on the piano, raku and pine needle vases, suede sofas, chintz-covered dining room walls, trompe l'oeil of the pet cats on a kitchen cupboard, a Central American rug picked up from a guy in a car on a street corner, the antler chandelier. Cats are everywhere, precariously so, perched overhead in the wisteria arbors surrounding the brown-shingled house. The wisteria has faint buds. But, it will be blooming lavender March 20-21, because the Davises and Carol Bressler, chairman of the San Marino League's 16th Biennial Art Walk, say so.
It's below this wisteria arbor that the league will host its tea as the respite stop on an art walk that features four extraordinary Pasadena homes: One is the Malcolm Glovers' international modern Conrad Buff-designed residence with its sculpted look and the owners' contemporary art collection. Another is Penny and Adam Bianchi's French Regency house on the west edge of the Arroyo with its magnificent view of the San Gabriel Mountains and a plethora of French prints, antiques and personal mementos. A third is Patsy and John Austin's English country house with vaulted ceilings, leaded-glass windows and a lifetime collection of English antiques and maritime prints. The fourth is the Davises.
A committee including co-chairman Katy Benton and Gloria Renwick, Caroline Blackburn, Jane Stott, Nancy Frykman, Marge Richards, Nancy Eckerman, LaRita Stoufer, Betsy Houlihan, Martha Jones, Jody Dundas, Peggy Class, Maureen Bell, Katy Benton and Gloria Byke have delved for months into historical tidbits. Mary B. Hunt, with a knowledgeable crew including Cheryll Wegge (she's the Davises' decorator), Mary Tollenaere and Stevey Bruce, will provide ikebana flower arrangements.
WOMAN TO WOMAN: Junior Leagues of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Long Beach are collaborating March 17 on a Woman to Woman meeting to promote public awareness of alcohol education. Members will meet at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach to hear Former First Lady Betty Ford speak, according to chairman Sue Tucker. Numerous leagues throughout the nation are staging similar events.
SANTA ANITA: Lots of Northern Californians will be at Santa Anita Park next Sunday for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap. Coming from Hillsborough will be the Marten Barrys, the George Dyers, the Fritz Graus, the J. Francis McGinnises, the Robert Rooses and from San Francisco the Paul B. Fays Jr. Their hosts will be Robert P. Strub, Santa Anita president, and his wife, Betty. They're renewing the annual tradition begun by the track's late founder, Dr. Charles H. Strub, who hosted his friends from his home city, San Francisco. Among those invited from the Southland are Westsiders Hannah and Ed Carter, Mary and Gordon Crary of Hancock Park, Fred Duckett of Pasadena, Mary Jane Hinds of Beverly Hills and Maggie Robbins of Pasadena, who will be pulling for their Nostalgia's Star trained by Maggie's son, Jay Robbins. Libby Keck will focus her binoculars on her steed, Ferdinand, the Kentucky Derby winner this year. The Carl Grinsteads of Chula Vista and the Ben Rochelles of West Los Angeles will be pulling for their Snow Chief.