By MaryEllen Fillo On April 4, 2013
At first windblown blush, it seemed like just another New England “winter weather” party in April at the Riverview in Simsbury Wednesday.
But once the wool coats and gloves were peeled off, it was all about summer, Hartford Symphony Orchestra style.
The HSO was holding its Talcott Mountain Music Festival Summer Kick Off, a party to celebrate the 2013 upcoming outdoor summer series that begins at June 28 with “Mozart in the Moonlight” and ends July 26 the “Rolling Stones Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction” at the outdoor Simsbury venue.
But about the summer theme? Many guests took it literally and despite the less than summer-like weather outside, pulled out the stops when it came to donning seasonal attire for the soiree.
Among those in sundresses was Nancy Remis, whose husband, Jim Remis, is chairman of the board.
“I’m trying it out for Taiwan,” she said about her dress and an upcoming trip she and the hubby are taking Taiwan where HSO conductor Carolyn Kuan will be guest conductor.
The trip in a few weeks will have special meaning to Kwan, according to Remis. It will mark the first time the maestra’s father, who lives there, has seen his daughter conduct.
Also on hand were Hartford Hospital’s Dr. Andy Salner and wife, Pat Salner, who were not only celebrating her recent retirement as community programs director at Achieve Hartford, but their soon-to-arrive first grandchild.
“It’s a girl,” announced grandma-to-be, noting that her daughter Emily and son-in-law, Jason Bolton, expect the new addition in June.
King of summer wear for the night was HSO friend Howard Sprout who boasted bright yellow Hawaiian shirt, faux lei and a sunshine smile.
He had a quick answer to inquiries about whether the summer wear left him a bit chilly on such a cold April day.
“No,” he grinned as he took advantage of the food stations that included summer fare like burger sliders. “I wore my winter coat here.”