Derby Day is Saturday! Time to cheer for your favorite horse, dance to the Brazos Valley Symphony and enjoy Steve Lippia's tribute to Frank Sinatra.
The Brazos Valley Symphony Society's prize-winning fund-raiser will be held at the College Station Hilton. The event starts at 4 p.m. with the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby shown on big-screen televisions. Prizes will be awarded for the most beautiful hats, and a gourmet dinner will be served.
After the meal, the orchestra will be joined by local vocalist Karan Chavis for dance music from the Big Band era.
The featured performer will be Lippia, who has headlined shows in Las Vegas; Atlantic City, N.J., and New York City's Birdland Jazz Club. The singer specializes in songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, which makes it likely that My Way, The Lady Is a Tramp, Mack the Knife and New York, New York will be on the program.
For 14 months, Lippia starred in The Rat Pack Is Back at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. His crowds were so large at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City that he was held over for a record-breaking 26 weeks.
Derby Day was conceived by Stephanie and Jim Singleton, longtime supporters of the symphony. The first event was held in 2004. The event won the award as top fund-raising idea at the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras convention in Midland in April and will receive the Gold Award from the American Orchestra League in Los Angeles in May.