La Jolla Music Society SummerFest’s ‘White Nights’

Gigi Fenley, La Jolla Music Society President and Artistic Director Christopher Beach, Linda Howard

The La Jolla Music Society SummerFest’s “White Nights” Gala took place Aug. 11 at the new Wallace Cunningham-designed home of Jean and Gary Shekhter in Rancho Santa Fe.

The Russian-themed gala, co-chaired by Elaine Darwin and Marina Pastor, included a cocktail reception with a caviar bar, vodka bar sponsored by St. Petersburg® Vodka and exclusive pairings by Montesquieu Wines.

Following a concert of Chamber music works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, guests were escorted to a sophisticated seated dinner with SummerFest artists Cho-Liang Lin, Jeremy Denk, Yura Lee, Paul Neubauer and John Bruce Yeh.

Dinner featured a Russian-inspired menu curated by Gala co-chairs and Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille. Closing the evening, guests enjoyed treats provided by Sprinkles Cupcakes while dancing to tunes by DJ/MC Ron J. Jones. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the education and artistic programs of La Jolla Music Society.

Photos/Jon Clark