Salk scientists and San Diego Symphony musicians unite at fundraiser

Posted on: August 27, 2014

In Wednesday’s (8/27) Union-Tribune (San Diego), Bradley Fikes reports on the Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ annual Symphony at Salk fundraiser with the San Diego Symphony, which took place in La Jolla on Saturday. “Besides the announced entertainers at the event … Dr. William Brody, the Salk’s president … drew chuckles when, after a brief skit with guest conductor Thomas Wilkins, he took off his Mao jacket to reveal a tuxedo-printed T-shirt and then sat down [at the piano] to play George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’ Symphony at Salk is not only a fundraiser; it embodies an integration of the arts with science that Jonas Salk intended for the institute he founded in 1960. That synthesis was a recurring theme Saturday evening…. The 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s birth is being celebrated this year. He … [developed] the world’s first safe and effective polio vaccine. To honor the centennial, violinist Itzhak Perlman is scheduled to perform at the Salk this fall. Perlman was partially paralyzed by polio as a 4-year-old. On Nov. 2, the institute plans to launch the 2014-15 Salk Science and Music Series fundraiser, now in its second year. The concert series is Brody’s brainchild, pairing musicians with Salk scientists.”

Posted August 27, 2014

Pictured: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ annual Symphony at Salk fundraiser with the San Diego Symphony in La Jolla, California. Inset: Salk president Dr. William Brody at the piano, with conductor Thomas Wilkins. Photo of Brody/Wilkins by Joe Belcovson / Salk Institute