Thursday, April 28, 2016

An Intimate Evening with Sinatra's Iconic Music

Frank Sinatra
The Houston Arts Alliance hosted its third annual fund-raising gala tonight at the Hotel ZaZa, and, along with more than 300 other loyal supporters, I was there to enjoy it all.

The big event, "An Intimate Evening with Sinatra's Iconic Music," was a fitting tribute to Sinatra's classic sound and signature style and a celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birthday on December 12, 1915. 

The party was held in the hotel's beautiful ballroom. To set the appropriate stage, this ever-special venue was decorated in a style reminiscent of a 1950s supper club. Festivities included a four-course dinner and the music of "old blue eyes," played by a seven-piece Big Band and sung by the highly talented Cary Hoffman. 

Hoffman shared stories about his lifelong obsession with Sinatra and weaved in dozens of his most popular songs. Hoffman's voice -- which sounds just like Sinatra's -- was the spicy "extra" in his uniquely wonderful performance.

The audience loved the show and hearing, once again, "the voice of all generations." Many knew well the words to the songs performed, including The Way You Look Tonight, My Kinda Town, The Lady is a Tramp, and New York, New York). Few could help but sing along. And, a few, including Honorary Chair Trini Mendenhall, couldn't help but jump out of their seats to dance in the aisles. FUN!

The gala was co-chaired by Philamena Baird and Regina Garcia. The honoree was Marc Melcher, a friend, long-time patron of the arts and HAA's very own chairman of the board. 

Mayor Sylvester Turner was on hand to extend the "official thank you" to Melcher for his many contributions -- of time and treasure -- to Houston's arts community. 

Proceeds from the HAA gala will benefit HAA's programs and services for both arts organizations and individual artists.

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