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Oregon Symphony artistic director Carlos Kalmar thanks the more than 350 assembled guests at the Countdown to Carnegie gala. Symphony board member Thomas Lauderdale waits for his turn to speak.

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Singer-actress-songwriter-playwright Storm Large serenades swaying couples at the Countdown to Carnegie gala held May 20 at the Nines Hotel.

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Former Governor Barbara Roberts and Real Estate Broker and fundraiser Terry Bean take in the festivities.

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Portland-based opera singer Carl Halvorson was among the high-profile entertainers performing at the Countdown to Carnegie gala.

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Oregon Symphony Association President Elaine Calder, appropriately adorned in balloons, arrives with her husband, Bill Bennett.

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Dr. Mary M. Meyer was one of the enthusiastic donors participating in the “Shout Out for Carnegie” paddle-raise. All told, the evening raised $175,000 for the Oregon Symphony’s planned 2011 trip to Carnegie Hall.

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Prominent Portland arts patrons Karen and Bill Early showed up to support the Symphony at the Countdown to Carnegie soiree.

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Sho Dozono shows off his prized magnum of Oregon pinot noir from the evening’s raffle.

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