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Mother Nature is providing the "white" - the Utah Symphony Guild will have a black locomotive decked with centennial bunting to transport guests to an elegant "Black and White Centennial Ball" on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Little America Hotel.

The almost sold-out affair sponsored by O.C. Tanner Co. features two balls in one this year. A black tie event in the grand ballroom will include a formal dinner and entertainment with Utah's first governor, Brigham Young (aka James Arrington) as master of ceremonies. Peter Schickele, PDQ Bach, will also perform. The Joe Muscolino Big Band will strike up for dancing later in the evening. Tickets cost $150, $100 and $50.A turn-of-the-century theme will celebrate Utah's "One Hundred Years from Statehood to Olympic Host." After "boarding" the train, guests will travel to a sepia-toned Saltair setting. Special guests will be Utah Gov. and Jacalyn Michael Leavitt.

At the same time, a semi-formal "up-and-coming" ball for a new generation of symphony supporters will take place on the mezzanine with a buffet served from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and entertainment by Kurt Bestor. Tickets for this ball are $50. All are invited to participate in the silent auction at 6:30 p.m. and the dancing in the grand ballroom after dinner and entertainment.

Reservations and information may be obtained by calling Ruthmarie Finley at 272-4636. All proceeds benefit the Utah Symphony.

An eclectic array of auction items will tempt sun, art and music lovers of all kinds. Royal Olympic Cruises/Sun Line Cruises Inc. has donated a vacation package that includes a 7-day Mediterranean cruise for two with round-trip air fare to Athens donated by TWA. Tickets ($1 each) for this drawing are available at symphony performances until Feb. 9 and by calling Kathy Sargent at 272-9168. (Winner need not be present to win.)

Those who would like to buy a license plate frame reading, "My OTHER car is a BMW" will be thrilled to find a BMW convertible on the list of auction items. Delta is donating air fare to anywhere they fly, and an Alaskan cruise is also being offered. Also to be auctioned will be a Health Rider, a one-week stay at any Marriott Hotel, a football signed by Steve Young, a carousel horse signed by the Jazz team and a glittering array of jewelry.

An oil on wood, "Rooster Combatants" by Maia Rubin Freed, is one of the artworks to be auctioned. The 1948 painting, regarded by Dr. Frank Sanguentti as a good example of the period of transition in American painting from representation to abstraction, is valued at $3,000. The painting was donated by symphony violinist Dorothy Freed and cellist David B. Freed.

Of interest to dance aficianados and musicologists is a group of unusual auction items - 29 programs and dance magazines featuring the Bolshoi, Ukrainian and Mexican dance companies, and the Utah Ballet. The works on dancing date back to the 1960 "stadium" days of the ballet. An anonymous donor is also giving musical scores showing an unusual and unique progression of the first metronome markings in scores published by Janet A. Galloway. The first score shows no time value, then there is the notation "Maelzel's Metronome" and then "MM." One 1866 score, by Hummell, is noted as "12tes werk" showing it was printed prior to the use of the term "Opus No."

Under the direction of Utah Symphony Guild president Adrienne Coombs, guild members have crafted an elegant and stylish centennial celebration.