Sat, Oct 7 | NJPAC in Newark

Gala Hosts

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees
Linda M. Bowden and David R. Huber, Co-Chairs of the Board

Honorary Gala Chairs

Governor Chris Christie
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Gala Committee

Michael & Jane Griffinger
A. Michael & Ruth C. Lipper
Elin Mueller
Joe & Sheila Nadler
Norman Slonaker

Event Sponsor


On October 7, 2017 the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra held its Opening Night Celebration. Over 300 guests enjoyed the celebration, which began with a pre-concert cocktail party in the striking Prudential Lobby of NJPAC.  Guests and concertgoers were treated to a concert program led by Music Director, Xian Zhang filled with the magical and remarkable music of Beethoven and Berlioz with phenomenal pianist, Jeremy Denk.  Immediately following the concert, the event guests enjoyed an extraordinary dinner in the lobby, under enchanted branches filled with red roses and candle lit lanterns against the window wall of red and gold hues. The evening’s attendees were also treated to a private performance during the dinner by Denk performing a poignant interpretation of Graceful Ghost Rag.

The NJSO would like to thank all of those who attended and supported the Opening Night Celebration. Their contributions have been essential to the success of this fine performing organization. We are delighted to have raised a significant amount from the event, which contributes to the NJSO community and education programs throughout New Jersey.

Thank you to the following donors, whose very generous support has made the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night Celebration possible.




    Event Sponsor

A. Michael & Ruth C. Lipper




Amy C. Liss
Elin Mueller
PFK O’Connor Davies, LLP
Diane C. Young & Phil Crowley


Freda Brown
CCS Fundraising
Jennifer A. Chalsty
Delta Dental of New Jersey
Michael and Jane Griffinger
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
William & Paula Marino
McCarter & English, LLP
The MCJ Amelior Foundation
Sheila & Joseph Nadler
New Jersey City University
Northern Trust
Norman D. Slonaker
TD Bank
Turrell Fund
Mary Claire White


Audrey Bartner
Deborah Ann Bello
Ann & Stan Borowiec
Linda M. Bowden
Jean & F. Patterson Clark
Mindy Cohen & David Bershad
Barbara & Bertram Cohn
Judy & Stewart Colton
Tom Comiskey
Kevin Cummings
Hope & Alan Danzis
Anna Drago
Curtland E. Fields
Fox Rothschild, LLP
Dr. Peter Geidel & Francesca Kubian-Geidel
John & Karen Hoffman
John Houston
David & Ellen Huber
Gregory & Jaqueline Khost
Susan & Scott Kobler
Arlene Lieberman
Judith Lieberman
Martin Melilli
M&T Bank
Phil & Ellen Neches
Victor & Jane Parsonnet
Christopher & Theresa Petermann
Stephen & Wendie Ploscowe
Mary Jo & Stephen Sichak Jr.
Craig Silliman & Kate Ransom-Silliman
Carolyn Klaiman Racusin, Warren Racusin & Lowenstein Sandler
Marcia Sass & Mark Fulcomer
Cecilia Sweeney
Don Strangfeld & Bettina Daly
Charlotte & Morris Tanenbaum
Kate & Kevin Terrell
Turrell Fund
US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Thomas C. Wallace
Richard & Nikki Watson
Dennis & Dona Wilson
Shirley Young
Barbara & Ed Zinbarg

Commitments as of September 29, 2017