Carolyn Blaine, 65: Celebrity events organizer, TV game shows contestant
Instead they brought their joy to the streets with 75 pianos around Boston and Cambridge for the public to use as they wish through Monday, October 14. The Celebrity Series of Boston Kickoff party offered live performances and an impromptu music session on a couple of those artfully-designed pianos while a montage of the series greatest moments played on Saturday, October 5. Skillful musicians played and sang from a wide variety of music genres, anything from planned performances to a little piano improvisation. All were welcome to play. Guests enjoyed a selection of wine, a Ben and Jerrys ice cream bar, and delectable desserts from Davios . The reception took place inside the Galleria, 10 Saint James Street in Boston. The new season has begun and upcoming performances include acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang playing works by Stravinsky, Chopin, and Prokofiev on Friday, October 18 at New England Conservatorys Jordan Hall at 8 p.m. Returning mandolinist Chris Thile rounds out the weekend with sonatas, his own compositions, and his contemporary music on Sunday, October 20 at the Sanders Theatre at 7 p.m. Other live performances include the extensive, extraordinary works of composer Harold Arlen with What Makes it Great with Rob Kapilow Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen . The evening pays tribute to Harold Arlens Broadway and timeless songs such as Stormy Weather, Ive Got the World on A String and much more performed by singing trio Rob Kapilow , Rebecca Luker , and Michael Winther at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Visit www.celebrityseries.org for the wide range of performances in store for the 2013-2014 season!
Celebrity Series of Boston trades candles for pianos for dynamic 75th season (Video)
I am not completely back to where I was before, but I am pretty close. It’s feels amazing. “To me, the biggest challenge is that you start to worry as soon as you have a baby. I want her to be happy and a lot of it is realizing you’re not in control of everything. You can only do your very best and a lot of it is letting go. It’s scary how fast they change. It’s incredible, because she’s still such a little baby who just turned one month, but I still think to myself, ‘Oh, she’s growing up so fast!’ People say that you blink and all of a sudden your kid is 18 and going off to college, so I’m trying to enjoy every single moment. “Every moment with her is so special. It sounds silly, but one really special moment with her was when they gave her to me. We didn’t record my birth, because that was something that I wanted to remember but not record. However, he did use my iPhone to record the moment she was given to me. I wasn’t thinking about anything other than her. A few days later, I was looking through photos and I found the recording that they did.
Her graveside service is 2 p.m. Sunday at Arlington Cemetery. Cremation Society of Georgia is in charge of arrangements. A native of Atlanta , Blaine was an honor student at Westminster School and, according to a friend, Peggy Ballard of Atlanta , Blaine considered herself a Buckhead girl all her life. Blaine, a University of Georgia graduate, learned to love travel during a two-month tour of Europe. Joining Osborne Travel Service in Atlanta , she divided her time between lining up clients for luxury and student trips to Europe, Asia or the South Pacific and acting as a guide overseas. In 1972, an airliner carrying her and her clients overshot the runway while landing in Tahiti and had to be evacuated because the plane had caught fire. Her sister, Helen Heyd of Atlanta , said Blaine was the last passenger to exit after checking to make sure all her clients were safe outside and after rescuing a satchel containing their travel documents. Thats just the way Carolyn was, Heyd said. She stayed cool during a crisis. Heyd said her sister prized orderliness, adding that Blaine arranged her clothes closets as meticulously as she planned celebrity events. In 1986 Blaine moved to California and was always on the go during the Hollywood phase of her career, according to a friend, Bill Leonard of Rancho Mirage, Calif.