Sing For Hope

A soprano's dream takes flight at tuneful, fun-filled Bering Omega gala

A soprano's dream takes flight at tuneful Bering Omega gala

Gordon Bethune and Jessica Rossman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Gordon Bethune and Jessica Rossman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Sing For Hope performers and members of Houston's High School for Performing and Visual Arts at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Sing For Hope performers and members of Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Michael and Lucia Cordua, left, with David Cordua at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Michael and Lucia Cordúa, left, with David Cordúa at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Jack and Ginger Blanton at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Jack and Ginger Blanton at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Miya Shay and Gene Wu at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Miya Shay and Gene Wu at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lee and Faith Majors at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Lee and Faith Majors at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Mayor Annise Parker with John Evatz, from left, Jessica Rossman, Gordon Bethune, Christian Alvarado and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Mayor Annise Parker with John Evatz, from left, Jessica Rossman, Gordon Bethune, Christian Alvarado and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Kermit Eisenhut, from left, Angelica and Ed Chapman and Dan Snare at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Kermit Eisenhut, from left, Angelica and Ed Chapman and Dan Snare at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
John Kelley and Jano Nixon Kelley at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
John Kelley and Jano Nixon Kelley at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Dr. Roland Maldonado, from left, Edward Sanchez and Gabriela and Daniel Dror at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Dr. Roland Maldonado, from left, Edward Sanchez and Gabriela and Daniel Dror at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Clinton Turner, left, and Jeff Gremillion at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Clinton Turner, left, and Jeff Gremillion at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Sylia Gallegos and David Cordua at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Sylia Gallegos and David Cordúa at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Bering Omega's Sing for Hope with Mayor Annise Parker
Cathy Easter, front, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Connie Dyer at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Courtesy photo
Angel Rios, from left, Jeff Shell and Richard Dawson at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Angel Rios, from left, Jeff Shell and Richard Dawson at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Daivd and Ann Reed at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Daivd and Ann Reed at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Deborah Duncan at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Deborah Duncan at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
John Evatz at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
John Evatz at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Camille Zamora at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Camille Zamora at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Kristine Mills joined the Sing For Hope performers with pianist Bob Henschen and bassist David Craig at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Kristine Mills joins the Sing For Hope performers with pianist Bob Henschen and bassist David Craig at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Sarofim Hall was the setting for Bering Omega
Sarofim Hall was the setting for Bering Omega's Sing for Hope. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Gordon Bethune and Jessica Rossman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Sing For Hope performers and members of Houston's High School for Performing and Visual Arts at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Michael and Lucia Cordua, left, with David Cordua at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Jack and Ginger Blanton at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Miya Shay and Gene Wu at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Lee and Faith Majors at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Mayor Annise Parker with John Evatz, from left, Jessica Rossman, Gordon Bethune, Christian Alvarado and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Kermit Eisenhut, from left, Angelica and Ed Chapman and Dan Snare at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
John Kelley and Jano Nixon Kelley at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Dr. Roland Maldonado, from left, Edward Sanchez and Gabriela and Daniel Dror at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Clinton Turner, left, and Jeff Gremillion at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Sylia Gallegos and David Cordua at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Bering Omega's Sing for Hope with Mayor Annise Parker
Angel Rios, from left, Jeff Shell and Richard Dawson at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Daivd and Ann Reed at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Deborah Duncan at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
John Evatz at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Camille Zamora at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Kristine Mills joined the Sing For Hope performers with pianist Bob Henschen and bassist David Craig at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope
Sarofim Hall was the setting for Bering Omega

With a song in her heart, soprano Camille Zamora's intent was to support the efforts of Bering Omega Community Services, which had provided hospice care for a close friend during his final days with HIV/AIDS.

Eighteen years later, Zamorra's program, "Sing for Hope: An Evening of Art Songs & Arias," has become a sophisticated, multi-layered, black-tie fundraiser that has left its humble nest. Saturday night's theme at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, "Take Flight," presented by the Fant Foundation, bowed to former Continental Airlines for transporting busy opera singers from New York for the tuneful gathering since the event's inception.

The trio of party chairs, United Airlines attorney Jessica Rossman, former Continental CEO Gordon Bethune and John Evatz, honored loyal patrons Lucia, Michael and David Cordúa, who underwrote a portion of the three-course dinner.

After champagne and specialty potations shaken by sommelier James Watkins at the Founders Club, the throng of 600 made a smooth landing onto the theater's foyer for an elegant meal of Beef Wellington, lobster and pecan pie empanadas, for which the Cordúas spared no expense. Emcee Deborah Duncan offered a touch of humor and sentimentality as she welcomed guests, including Mayor Annise Parker and Camille Zamora Award recipients Cathy Easter and Connie Dyer of the Houston Methodist Community Benefits Program.

With concert tickets that were printed as boarding passes, guests were escorted to Sarofim Hall for the in-flight entertainment under the theater's starry cupula. A melange of nostalgic and fun tunes to the likes of "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, "Ain't it a Pretty Night?" from Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, "Barcelona" from Stephen Sondheim's Company and "Jimmy Wing" by Jimi Hendrix sung by a coterie of delightful voices that included tenors John McVeigh and Michael Slattery, jazz vocalist Kristine Mills and bass baritone Timothy Jones, alongside the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Chorale, earned a thunderous standing ovation.

Enjoying a stunning panorama of downtown were Faith and Lee Majors, Tama Lundquist, Tena and Tyson Faust, John B. Connally, Dr. Edwin Cordray, Ginger and Jack Blanton, Kathryn and Hank Coleman, Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan, Gabriela and Daniel DrorSylia GallegosCaroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc, Gene Wu and Miya Shay, and Peter Remington.

Check back with CultureMap for additional coverage of the after party.