Waiters in satin cloaks, flickering candlelight and long- stemmed roses were elegant touches, yet it was the ‘music of the night,’ sung by Amy Sardone and Jonny Norman, and accompanied by pianist Ben Quine on the seven foot Kawai grand piano at Majesty’s in Flower Mound, that swept away the guests, at The Phantom of the Opera fundraiser, Tuesday, February 2, 2010.
The evening of dinner and Phantom music was hosted by Buckets & Bows Maid Service for the benefit of the national nonprofit Cleaning For A Reason (www.cleaningforareason.org), which was founded in 2005 by local business woman, Debbie Sardone (Owner of Buckets & Bows Maid Service) and recently featured on Oprah.
Majesty’s Restaurant in Parker Square seamlessly orchestrated the elegant setting, seating and savory meal to a full house.
“We want to thank everyone who made the evening such an incredible success,” said Debbie Sardone. “Friends, supporters and the local business community that donated to our Silent Auction helped us raise over $3,600 for Cleaning For A Reason! This is music to my ears!”
The evening’s musical magic came from area talent with national and international training and performance experience. Amy Sardone grew up in Flower Mound, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Dallas Baptist University in 2006. Amy’s musical talent won her the role as Bet (Oliver!), as well as positions in concert choirs in both Chattanooga, TN and Dallas, TX. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she teaches voice and piano in her own music studio.
Jonny Norman grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and is currently attending Dallas Theological Seminary. Jonny’s love of musical theater has earned him roles in 25 musicals, his favorite roles include the Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and Jesus (Godspell).
Ben Quine, who grew up in Richardson, Texas, received his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, then studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, as a Fulbright Scholar under György Nádor and István Lantos. He received his master’s of music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 2004, and has performed across the United States and Europe since, including the privilege of playing for Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States, and Megyessy Péter, Prime Minister of Hungary, at the European Fulbright Gala in Berlin, Germany.