More than 4,000 shareholders in Baron Funds crammed into the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City last Friday to hear investment and market analysis along with songs belted out by Celine Dion, Harry Connick, Jr. and others.

The all-day show was all part of Baron Capital’s 21st Annual Baron Investment Conference held every year to give investors a change to hear directly from fund manager as well as executives from some of the funds’ portfolio companies. Speaking were representatives from five companies that the funds invest in, including David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group; Steven Spinner, CEO and president of United Natural Foods; and Robert Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts.

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