McLean Orchestra Proves ‘Instrumental to Business’


Everybody’s having fun: Sydnee Stein, Mafalda Marrocco, Pamela Bogdonoff and Linda Sharp.

When your audience expresses their wild enthusiasm, what else can you do but give them an encore? The McLean Orchestra’s January “Instrumental to Business” (I2B) mixer was such a hit, that a follow up seemed essential.


This was Paula Manczuk’s first time to an I2B event, but not her first encounter with the McLean Orchestra. Manczuk is the development director for the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, the non-profit that supports the Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean: She said she attended the I2B to get to know and thank some of the people who perform concerts for the residents at Vinson Hall.

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Tysons Corner was the stage for the June 25 I2B event, and it played to a packed house. A brass quintet provided a lively background, while orchestra officers, trustees and staff mingled with a crowd of loyal patrons, local business elite and some first-timers, all interested in both the music and the networking opportunities. Of course, the glasses of wine and the hors d’oeuvres inspired by Chima’s menu only added to the evening’s enjoyment, as did the raffle for prizes including a personal ensemble performance, tickets for the upcoming concert season, and dinners at Chima.


Lillian Li with the Limatt Group that provides consulting on US-China business opportunities and McLean Orchestra Board President Aileen Pisciotta at the event.

“Community in Concert” is Board President Aileen Pisciotta’s tag line for the year, and the I2B mixer is one way that the organization brings life to their desire to prove their value to the community. The success of their efforts are highlighted by the support of the sponsors for the event—Regus, Wiley Rein LLP, Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Wealth Management, Broadband Technology Corporation and LT Business Dynamics.


Shawn Howard with Thompson Greenspon and Anthony C. Chang, orchestra trustee.

Act III of the orchestra’s I2B offering is already in the works. Jeff Brouse, membership director of The Tower Club, has announced that his facility would host the next event scheduled in September. At the rate attendance keeps growing for these social/musical/business mixers, the McLean Orchestra may just have to turn I2B into quite the opus. Visit www.mclean-orchestra for more information about the Instrumental to Business gatherings, the orchestra’s upcoming concert season, the Soiree dinner series, and more.