05. January 2012 · Comments Off on & Now It’s Up At The Merc · Categories: Announcements, Symphony

Photo by Carl Cilker

Andrew Bales walked right into a surprise Wednesday, as the Rotary Club of San Jose presented him with its 24th Don Goldeen Award, presented annually to individuals who have made a significant impact on downtown San Jose.
Bales, the president of Symphony Silicon Valley, thought he was attending Wednesday’s meeting to support a friend, whom he was told was getting the award.
“I am truly speechless because I was here to give it to a more deserving soul, but now I’m mad at him,” joked Bales, who’s certainly deserving himself.
Bales was president of the Cleveland Ballet and helped forge the partnership that paved the way for today’s Ballet San Jose. He also stepped in to revive the city’s orchestra after the San Jose Symphony collapsed more than a decade a go.
The award is named for the late Don Goldeen, who was a longtime furniture store owner downtown. Previous recipients include Steve Wozniak, Tom McEnery, Irene Dalis and Mayor Chuck Reed, who was similarly surprised by the award in December 2010.

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Congratulations, Andrew!

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