What a night celebrating the birthdays of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and his top advisor for Arts and Culture, Dennis Mangers. Rogue Music Project, Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Institute for Music and Arts, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, and many others were in attendance to bring a little entertainment to the evening. Attendees of the free event were encouraged to make donations to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s Dennis Mangers Fund For Young Performing Artists.
RMP's first half closer was a hit. An adeptly performed (if I do say so myself) uber-reduced "Quando m'en vo'" scene from Puccini's La Boheme with only four (of the required seven) singers and a piano led off the set. Carrie Hennessey and Sarah Fitch followed with a gorgeous rendition of The Flower Duet from Delibes' Lakme. The quintet closed the act to a standing ovation with Happy Days/Come on Get Happy a la Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand.