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Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Ruby Cabaret( Photo by Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun / April 11, 2014 )
Jennifer Reynolds, left, and Ellen Bernard
Instead of third, maybe the cliche should be changed to say "seventh time's a charm." It certainly was for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Its seventh annual $150-a-ticket Ruby Cabaret was a sellout for the first time ever.
More than 300 guests flocked to the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and song ... and a decidedly unstuffy atmosphere.
"You can get dressed up as much as you want. Men don't have to wear tuxedos, which I think they all like," said Judy Phares, who served as honorary co-chair of the event with her husband, Scott Phares.
There was also the enticement of New York cabaret performer Christina Bianco, who was coming for a return engagement. Bianco had brought the house down in 2011 with her impersonations of a number of pop divas.
"Let's face it: The Choral Arts Society is all about having a good time," BCAS music director Tom Hall said with a grin. "If we weren't, we'd just be in to doing 18th-century dentistry. But we don't. We do music."
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