The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana on February 18, 1987 · Page 29
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The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana · Page 29

Alexandria, Louisiana
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Wednesday, February 18, 1987
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End-of-Season Concert Nostalgic By Rick Bentley Town Talk Staff Writer The 1986-87 Alexandria Community Concert Association season came to a foot-tapping end Monday night with a performance by the Big Band Gala of Stars. Headlining the show in Bolton High School Auditorium were Johnny Ray, Barbara McNair and the Four Lads. Accompanying the artists was The Russ Morgan Orchestra, under the direction of Jack Morgan. The evening was a nostalgic stroll down a musical lane that featured some of the top hits of the '30s, '40s and '50s. Million-selling offerings included "Istanbul" by the Four Lads and "Little White Cloud" by Ray. Setting the mood for the evening, Morgan directed his orchestra through such standards as "Someone Else Is Taking My Place" and "So Tired." The set showed the versatility of the band as members of the 11-piece orchestra constantly switched instruments throughout the night. Morgan brought different members of the band forward to show how one musician might play anything from a bass clarinet to an alto saxophone. Throughout the performance, Morgan reflected on his career with the band, which his father formed in 1935, and even some recent history. Morgan talked about appearing here two years ago at a local nightclub. He also spent a lot of time discussing his rather large frame, which got a little tiring by the end of the evening. Meatless Main Dish A Dessert Variation By Nancy Byal Better Homes and Gardens Food Editor Apple pie with cheese is a classic pairing, but one of our readers reversed those standard ingredients and came up with this meatless main dish. Pre-baking the crumb crust gives it a toasted flavor and keeps it from becoming soggy when the cheese mixture is added. Apple-Cheddar Quiche 1 tablespoon chopped onion f ifo cup margarine or butter ll4 cups crushed stone-ground whole wheat crackers 14 cup finely chopped walnuts 2 large tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced (2 cups) 3 eggs 1 cup cream-style cottage cheese 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese y4 cup milk 2 teaspoon salt Dash pepper Ground nutmeg Cook onion in margarine until tender. Stir in crushed crackers and nuts. Press mixture onto bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate, forming a crust. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, simmer apples in a small amount of water for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain; arrange apples in crust. In blender container or food processor bowl blend eggs, cheeses, milk, salt and pepper until smooth. Pour into crust. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Bake in a 325-degree oven about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted off center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Makes 5 servings. Nutrition information per serving: 464 cal., 18 g pro., 25 g carbo., 32 g fat, 196 mg chol., 861 mg sodium. U.S. RDA: 22 percent vit. A, 12 percent thiamine, 20 percent riboflavin, 24 percent calcium, 31 percent phosphorus. CALIFORNIA. ON 10 OFF PRE-PACKAGED GIFTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS Review But, it was the music that was the main attraction and the show-stopper came in the middle of the set with "In the Mood." Morgan and company were joined on stage by songstress Barbara McNair. She opened with '"Deed I Do" but won the audience with her rendition of the Lena Home classic "Stormy Weather." While most of her performance featured selections for the big band era, McNair included the Academy Award-winning "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" in the middle of her set. Her performance of the number was fine, but the number seemed out of place with the rest of the selections. McNair was not the only performer to give in to adding a "modern" number to the evening's events. The Four Lads performed Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs" and Ray included "Shake a Hand." These breaks with nostalgia were definitely the weakest parts of the performances. McNair got back on track with a medley of silver screen tunes including "It Might as Well Be Spring" (from "State Fair"), "The Trolley Song" (from "Meet Me in St. Louis") and "Just My Bill" (from "The Helen Morgan Story"). McNair finished with an unusual offering. She sang the theme songs of some of the big bands, noting she didn't think most peo- ?le knew the songs had words, he medley included "Moonlight Serenade" (the trademark of the Glenn Miller Band) and "Does Your Heart Beat for Me" (made famous by the Russ Morgan Orchestra). The tempo of the show increased in the second half as the Four Lads took the stage. After "Down by the Riverside" and "The Things We Did Last Summer" the mood changed with beautiful renditions of "My Funny Valentine" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." After the snag created by "I Write the Songs," the Four Lads (who are really no longer lads) bounced back with a medley of their biggest hits including "No, Not Much," "Moments to Remember" and "Standing on the Corner." ENTIRE REMAINING SELECTION OF FALL & WINTER SALE SHOES VALTO $50. NOW All Remaining ROOTS Home Owned t0 3208 . .ji.c' House X X Gal. rr l Reg. 3.33 i x f Ray took the stage to cap off the evening, starting his performance with "Ain't Misbehavin" and "Just Walking in the Rain." While Ray has a long and illustrious history in music, his performance Monday was often overpowered by the orchestra. That was corrected with his offering of "As Time Goes By" which featured Ray at the piano. The finale of the show included Ray, McNair and the Four Lads singing "Does Your Heart Beat for Me." As the final notes of the 1986-87 floated through the auditorium, work began on selling tickets for the 1987-88 season which will include a string quartet from West Germany, a ballroom dance program and "Shakespeare at the Opera." Odd Lots, Broken Sizes. FANTASTIC SAVINGS! 20. Now ... & Operated By The Crump Family Mon.-Sat. Hb) 9:30 to 6:00 hSOl Jackson Square 442-1029 MhSen Azores Children's 1 1 they O i fMm r, Town Talk, Alexandria-Pineville, La., Wednesday, February 18, 1987 Parents Educate Young Patients ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - When children have cancer, the people who can best teach them about their illness and what to expect during treatment are their parents. Joan Whittenberg of the University of Rochester Cancer Center says she has developed a comprehensive educational program to help parents explain the ins-and-outs of cancer and treatment to pediatric patients. "By using parents as teachers, children learn about their disease from people they trust and who know their words," says Whittenberg. "Parents are especially effective in explaining radiation therapy to young patients in a way that is informative and non-threatening." y-i i yyr g Ladles' Ores8 1" Pr. NtYie C-5 A European tradition in the style of Hotel Bentley -- High Tea. A selection of teas and elegant pastries with all the accompaniments served in our Grand Lohhy. Every Thursday afternoon heKinninK Feh. 12. 4:00-6:00 p.m. Reservations requested. $5.95 per person. HOTEL BENTLEY 200 Desoto Alexandria, LA 71)01 O18) 448-00 TORBETT STORES, INC. t-T-Tu: 111 lul II 1 H'l'JI II II ALEXANDRIA Phone: U8-8TT1 MALL 1HH3 USD ID Q3MD MORROW

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