Symphony of OP & RF kicks off 75th anniversary season

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The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest began celebrating its 75th anniversary season with two fundraisers. The first, "As Time Goes By," was held on Oct. 2 at the Oak Park Conservatory. In a nod to the orchestra's founding in 1931 by Gladys Welge, guests came in costumes of the 1930s. The evening festivities included a fortune teller, a piano player to accompany guests who wanted to sing some of the old songs, a silent auction and strolls through the conservatory.

The following day was the first annual "Brass Buddies Golf Outing" with guest of honor Adolph "Bud " Herseth, Oak Parker and former principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The event was hosted by Chicago Symphony principal trombonist and Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest's music director Jay Friedman. After a clinic by golf pro Kurt Lundbeck, golf and dinner, the guests participated in a silent auction. The two items that raised the most for the orchestra were one of Herseth's favorite trumpets and one of Friedman's trombones.

Proceeds from both events will benefit The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest, which will present the first concert of the 75th season on Sunday, Oct. 23, at First United Church at 4 p.m.











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