BSO throws sparkling party to celebrate season’s opening

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrated the opening of its 2013-14 season in style, hosting a ritzy cocktail reception for its VIP friends and benefactors, followed by performances by Tony winner Audra McDonald and violinist Augustin Hadelich. (After dinner, which was supervised by chef Lydia Shire, the crowd hit the dance floor as the Pops Swing Orchestra played.) Guests included Fidelity’s Ned Johnson, Continental Cablevision founder Amos Hostetter Jr., BSO Life Trustee Ray Stata, developer Steve Weiner and his wife Roberta, singer James Taylor and his wife, BSO trustee Kim Taylor, singer Livingston Taylor and his girlfriend Gail Arnold, who is director Steven Spielberg’s private chef, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and..

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