Bohemian Rhapsody event raises funds for Pittsburgh Opera


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More than 300 guests got a taste of Paris in Pittsburgh Thursday at "Bohemian Rhapsody," an evening of music, style and dance presented by the Pittsburgh Opera, Larrimor's and Nadav Baum of BPU Investment Management, Inc.

The event at Larrimor's, Downtown, was a celebration of the store and Pittsburgh Opera's 75-year anniversaries. (Harris Slesinger, a founder of Larrimor's, was on the board of the opera for more than a decade.) People also were treated to a sample of songs from Pittsburgh Opera's upcoming production of "La Boheme," performed in the store by resident artists Meredith Lustig, Jasmine Muhammad and Joseph Barron and guest performer Eric Barry, with Mark Trawka on the piano.

Dancers from Attack Theatre got people clapping along to the music with an energetic can-can, complete with frilly skirts and white feathered fans. Taking in the sights were Larrimor's co-owners Tom Michael and Lisa Slesinger, Attack Theatre's Michele de la Reza and Ron Booth of Studio Booth, along with planning committee members Susan Loutsion, Laura Pallan, Sandra Robbibaro, Tony Sciullo and John Tippins.

As the sold-out crowd wined and dined on hors d'oeuvres from Bella Sera catering, Mariah Sanchez, Taylor Mihalik, Hayley Stewart and a handful of other students from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh modeled their interpretations of modern bohemian fashion. Pittsburgh Opera general director Christopher Hahn judged the looks, rewarding the best with two tickets to "La Boheme" and $200.


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