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Historic oil building transforms into a happening music spot — all to honor Da Camera pioneer

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Elaine and Marvy Finger at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
DaCamera gala chairs Elaine and Marvy Finger. Courtesy photo
David Gerger, from left, Carolyn and Paul Landen and Heidi Gerger at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
David Gerger, from left, Carolyn and Paul Landen and Heidi Gerger. Courtesy photo
Susie Criner, left, and Page Kempner at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Susie Criner, left, and Page Kempner. Courtesy photo
Suzy Hirshberg, from left, Julie Fette and Luc Messier and Al Hirshberg at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Suzy Hirshberg, from left, Julie Fette, Luc Messier and Al Hirshberg. Courtesy photo
Mimi Kilgore, from left, Janie Lee, Alex di Bagnio and Devid Warren at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Mimi Kilgore, from left, Janie Lee, Alex di Bagnio and Devid Warren. Courtesy photo
Leo Sayavedra, from left, Sarah Rothenberg and Laura Sayavedra at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Leo Sayavedra, from left, Sarah Rothenberg and Laura Sayavedra. Courtesy photo
Leila and Pat Gilbert at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Leila and Pat Gilbert. Courtesy photo
David and Claudia Hatcher, from left, with Boson Mo at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
David and Claudia Hatcher, from left, with Boson Mo. Courtesy photo
Chinhui Allen, left, and Leah Barton at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Chinhui Allen, left, and Leah Barton. Courtesy photo
Carla and Rob Leslie at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Carla and Rob Leslie. Courtesy photo
Anna Holliday and Carsten Westergaard at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Anna Holliday and Carsten Westergaard. Courtesy photo
Elaine and Marvy Finger at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
David Gerger, from left, Carolyn and Paul Landen and Heidi Gerger at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Susie Criner, left, and Page Kempner at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Suzy Hirshberg, from left, Julie Fette and Luc Messier and Al Hirshberg at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Mimi Kilgore, from left, Janie Lee, Alex di Bagnio and Devid Warren at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Leo Sayavedra, from left, Sarah Rothenberg and Laura Sayavedra at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Leila and Pat Gilbert at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
David and Claudia Hatcher, from left, with Boson Mo at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Chinhui Allen, left, and Leah Barton at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Carla and Rob Leslie at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
Anna Holliday and Carsten Westergaard at the Da Camera Gala April 2014
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What: Da Camera Gala.

Where: The historic Gulf Oil Building, now the formal lobby of JPMorgan Chase at 712 Main.

The 411: Elaine and Marvy Finger chaired the black-tie evening that honored Da Camera artistic and general director Sarah Rothenberg, who has been credited with transforming the state of music with her original programming of blending music with other art forms. In honor of Rothenburg and her two decades with Da Camera, her long-time friend and fellow pianist Pedja Muzijevic came in from New York for the occasion.

As might have been expected, the evening was filled with music including jazz performances during the cocktail hour, chamber music selections by Da Camera's Young Artist Program interspersed between dinner courses, Muzijevic's solo piano performance and the dance band Doppelganger.

Guests were wined and dined (six courses!) by Karen Lerner and her A Fare Extraordinaire team. 

Who: Heidi and David Gerger, Cece and Mack Fowler, Nancy and Walter Bratic, Jill and Dunham Jewett, Ann and Karl Stern, Nanette and Jerry Finger, Diana and Russell Hawkins, Carrie and Al Pepi, Nathalie and Charles Roff and Dr. Mary Shinn and Richard Andrassy.

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