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Local singing favorite Terry Stewart will channel Frank Sinatra on Oct. 19, 2013, at the Italian-American Club, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral. The performance, Music, Martinis, and More, benefits the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida. The Chorale’s Artistic Director Tim McDonnell will provide the piano accompaniment. WINK-TV reporter Rachael Rafanelli will emcee.
Stewart, currently Town Manager of Fort Myers Beach and formerly City Manager of Cape Coral, became a member of the board of directors of the Chorale earlier this year. His daughter Veronica sang with the group until she departed recently for college. In addition, Stewart was the male winner of an opportunity to sing with Broadway’s longest running Phantom of the Opera Franc D’Ambrosio last fall.
Stewart felt Sinatra’s songs were the perfect choice for the Italian-American Club. “I always include them in my act,” he said. “I like ‘One for My Baby’ and ‘Misty.’ But a more obscure one called ‘Yesterday’ is a particular favorite. Very mellow.”
The evening will be a recreation of the heyday of the Las Vegas Strip. Audience members may dress in ‘60s chic or the glitz of their choice. Doors open at 5:30 for socializing over a specialty martini and bidding on silent auction items. Dinner just like Mamma used to make will be served at 6:30. The tuneful crooning begins at 8 p.m.
The event is part of an ambitious fund-raising initiative by the Chorale, the Gift to the Community Campaign.
“The dream is to be able to offer our concerts to the community at no set ticket charge,” said Rana Moeggenberg, the chair of the event.
To be able to realize the dream, the Chorale is aiming to create an endowment fund of $150,000. The Chorale is a 501 (c) (3) not-for profit organization. More information may be found at www.symphonicchorale.org.
Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. To make a reservation, please call 239-560-5695 or visit www.ticketriver.com and search Music, Martinis, and More.