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Split personality. Liking the arts, especially opera, and hockey and Los Toros. I know, I know THAT one is non pc currently. But I can't help it saw some in Spain and got hooked, but good. But on the other hand right now opera and hockey are in the forefront!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Good News and Bad News

Bad news first..Aeros loose to B Sens last night 3-0. Lehner gets a shut out. For more details please visit the official Aeros Blog and T3I. I was not there and did not see nor hear the game!

Good News 3 great voices entertain at BRAVISSIMO, the Opera in the Heights annual dinner/auction bash! Here are some minute video clips...the sound is good, the picture less so :-)!  The dinner room at the Houston Club was crowded, the lights romantically dimmed and the spotlights VERY bright.
But one can get the feel for the festive and excited atmosphere... 

Two lovely Sopranos, a tall and handsome Tenor, and nimble fingered talented pianist..
what more can one ask - IF one can''t have a whole opera LOL.

And a warm welcome to the newly appointed Artistic Director, Maestro Enrique Carreon Robledo (he conducted Don Carlos of recent memory at the OH! with Emily Newton, the lovely in one shoulderoff gown, who sang Elizabetta).

The live and silent auctions were lively and brought handsome amounts to the coffers of The OH!.
 Bravo and Brava to all who came to have fun, meet the Maestro, mix and mingle, and spend! And they did, have fun and spend!

vl tor: Emily Newton, Ta'u Pupu'a, Erica Miller and Teruhiko Toda (pianist)

Maestro Enrique Carreon Robledo

Miller singing from the "Candide"- Leonard Bernstein of West Side Story Fame) "Glitter and Be Gay"

Newton and Pupu'a singing La Soave Fanciulla duet from La Boheme

Among the excited, older crowd were several students (with chaperones) ranging from elementary to college levels getting an earful of arias.
And an undoubtedly valuable experience of how to raise funds through live and silent auctions..LOL.

Student Tables in the background
Red and white wines and champagne were flowing freely ( for the adults only, of course)to accompany the chicken - shrimp dinner topped by a tasty old-fashioned bread pudding with hard sauce.

Interestingly, the humble breadpudding as fancy dinners' dessert is becoming real "chic"! :-)! But yum yum anyway! :-D!

Amish breadpudding recipe

2 cups whole milk (or 2 cups half & half)
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark, depending on taste preference)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (french bread works best)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)


1. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk (or half & half) just until film forms over top.
    Combine butter and milk, stirring until butter is melted.
    Cool to lukewarm.
2. Combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
    Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute.
    Slowly add milk mixture.
3. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.
4. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. 
    Pour batter on top of bread.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set.
    Serve warm.

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