Last week’s competition gave judges Fung Ho, Barry Brisk, Mark Artusio, Patricia Shanks and Larry Lippold a difficult task as they ultimately selected Fontaine and Shipman over sopranos Marina Boudart Harris, Emma-Grace Dunbar and Stephanie Elsayed, baritone Bernardo Bermudez, violinist Caitlin Kelley and cellist Indira Rahmatulla.
Among the special guests in attendance who were welcomed by the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Beth Pflueger, who also served as the evenings mistress of ceremonies, were the Burbank Phil’s president, Lynda Willner and vice-president, Judy Daniels. Other special guests included members of the orchestra’s board of directors Lisa Perry, Bob Diller, Judy Gragg, Larry Lazar, Anne McDonald, Aaron Petersen, Mari Angela Pitittoi and Gary Reissman.
According to President Willner, the orchestra has just launched its 2011 fundraising campaign. It is also putting the finishing touches on the “Family Concert of Symphonic Masterpieces,” that will take place on April 16 at the Hall of Liberty, and have already begun working on its Fourth of July Starlight Bowl performance that will include the music of John Williams, Cole Porter, John Philip Sousa and George Gershwin.