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Sinatra & Friends to benefit Albany Symphony

Pat Sallarulo is a chiropractor by day and at night he portrays legendary singer Frank Sinatra.

Pat Sallarulo is a chiropractor by day and at night he portrays legendary singer Frank Sinatra.

Staff Reports

ALBANY — Georgia’s own nationally acclaimed Sinatra and Friends will bring a unique blend of comic and vocal virtuosity to a Las Vegas style production on May 17 at 7 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club to benefit the Albany Symphony Association.

A chiropractor by day and legendary “Chairman of the Board” (Frank Sinatra) by night, Pat Sallarulo, a native New Yorker now of Peachtree Corners, will be joined by tipsy, playful Mark Phillips as Dean Martin, electric Allan Wiltshire as Sammy Davis Jr. and Rick Dovi as deejay Joey Bishop playing tribute to the Rat Pack stars.

The timeless songs of this era have remained popular with audiences of all ages for decades and continue to thrill and entertain to this day. These professional performers draw spectators in to themselves and their love of a spectacular era of music and entertainment with song, dance and comedy.

Symphony Soiree: Sinatra and Friends will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, dancing and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 per person and are available at www.albanysymphony.org or by calling the Symphony office at 229-430-8933.

Albany chiropractor Davis Kinney has known Sallarulo professionally for 20 years through the Georgia Chiropractic Association. “If you close your eyes and listen you’ll swear you’re listening to Frank Sinatra. He has a lot of Sinatra’s mannerisms. He’s got Sinatra’s swagger. He’s a real crooner. He’s a great guy and a good friend of mine,” Kinney said.

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Sallarulo

Sallarulo, who opened for Jay Leno in Las Vegas several years ago, has created a CD which benefitted various charities and specifically the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He has performed internationally and recently at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas with Jeff Braner. He has sung with the Victory Jazz Orchestra, The Usual Suspects Big Band, The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, The Modernaires Big Band and his own big band, The Tribute Show Band.

Sallarulo is a past recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Georgia Chiropractic Association for his service to various charities over the past 25 years. Past recipients include President Jimmy Carter and former Georgia Gov. Joe Frank Harris.

Symphony Soiree honorary chairmen are long-time Symphony supporters Jane Willson and Sylvia and Arthur Berry. Co-chairmen are Julian and Dr. Lane Price. Committee members are Dee Matthews, Sylvia Berry, Susan Greene, Ripley Bell, Rue Morrison, David Simmons, Julie Sellers, Banks Haley, Carolyn Corriere, Dr. Claire Fox Hillard, Diane Cunningham and Lark Ledbetter.

Richard Spencer of Garden Path will provide spring garden features.

The Albany Symphony Association has brought to the Southwest Georgia region live classical, pops and contemporary music for the past 49 consecutive seasons. The Symphony contributes to the region’s quality of life, economic growth, public education and artistic vitality. Ticket prices do not fully cover the costs of the concerts, thus the ASA must rely on additional funding support.

“This promises to be a thrilling evening of Rat Pack music, dancing, comedy and other excitement - all to benefit our Symphony,” said ASA Board President Jim Bullion.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional per service orchestra. Recognized for its innovative audience developmental efforts and diverse programming, the orchestra has received the League of American Orchestras and American Society of Composers Authors Publishers (ASCAP) awards on multiple occasions.