Riveting Recital

By Richard Mineards   |   March 19, 2020
Nancy Gregory, Peter Kavoian, Kaye Willette, and Dorinne Lee enjoy the afternoon recital (photo by Priscilla)

Ray Winn and Peter Kavoian opened the doors of their magnificent Birnam Wood home for a Musicale featuring Italian pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi on the dynamic duo’s Bosendorfer grand piano, one of only seven of its type in the world.

The Music Academy of the West fundraiser, catered by Elena Wagner, featured Verona native Jacopo, who studied at USC Thornton School of Music, as well as in Italy, Germany and Belgium, playing works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Debussy, Kapustin, Gershwin, and Titov.

Among the musical mavens were Anne Towbes, David and Kay Willette, Hank and Nancy Schultz, Mary Hamson, George and Peggy Ittner, Tony Merrill and Anne Rhett, Dev and Deb Phelps, Jock and Ellen Pillsbury, Priscilla Gaines, Roger Morrison, and Nancy Gregory.

An enchanting afternoon…

Pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi, with hosts Peter Kavoian and Ray Winn (photo by Priscilla)
Anne Towbes, Martin Bell, Ray Winn, and Barbara Robbins at the piano recital (photo by Priscilla)

Remembering the Matriarch

Just days after joyfully announcing her pregnancy, Santa Barbara’s warbler Katy Perry‘s life took a very different turn when her grandmother, Ann Pearl Hudson, died aged 99.

Katy, 35, broke the sad news on Twitter, sharing a link to a choral version of Deep Peace, writing: “A song for Grandma. May she rest in deep peace.”

The former Dos Pueblos High student later took to Instagram to share a moving message to her “fighter” grandmother.

“I don’t know when a soul enters a new vehicle, but if there is an after life where there’s a waiting room of the coming and going my mind wonders if the soul that is waiting to come into my world is getting a kiss on the forehead from my sweet Grandma that departed this earth today. My heart hopes so.”

She added: “A lot of what I am is because of my father and he is because of her. She started it all, as she used to remind us and I’m so grateful she did.”

Something’s Fishy

Almost 23 years after co-starring in the comedy classic A Fish Called Wanda, former Montecito funnyman John Cleese, 80, and Jamie Lee Curtis, 61, reunited over lunch in Los Angeles.

Taking to Instagram, the actress showed a photo of the tony twosome at a restaurant while re-enacting their famous cheek-to-cheek pose from the film’s promotional poster.

“Together again for the first time,” she gushed…


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