Friday, June 30, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
SAULT STE. MARIE--Soo Theatre Project announces "That's Amore," a concert featuring international tenor Eric Shaw and renowned soprano Karen Hughes. Mr. Shaw and Ms. Hughes will join together in concert June 17, 2006, 7:30 p.m. at the Soo Theatre, 534 Ashmun St. Assisting in this program of operatic and Broadway favorites will be soprano Kristianna VanOveren, soprano Dianna George, and pianist John Ignatowski.
Tickets will be available at the Soo Theatre office and at the door. The artists are generously donating all the proceeds from this performance to the continued restoration of the Soo Theatre.
Tenor Eric Shaw has performed at numerous musical centers worldwide, from Wexford to Lincoln Center to Tanglewood and Genoa, Italy. This season he will return to New York for performances with Leon Botstein and American Symphony orchestra, as well as the Victoria Symphony, the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, and Opera Ontario based in Toronto. He is a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and a graduate of McGill University.
Soprano Karen Hughes has performed in Europe, Great Britain, Canada, and most recently in Asia during 2005 with the Tianjin Symphony in Beijing, China. Regional finalist in the 2003 Metropolitan Opera Competition, Ms. Hughes has performed leading roles nationwide in Cosi fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, The Magic Flute, The Mikado, and Madama Butterfly. The Munster, Indiana native is also an active concert soloist and recitalist. She was heard in Carmina Burana presented by the Sault Symphony Orchestra last season. A graduate of DePauw University and the University of Nebraska, Ms. Hughes teaches voice and harp at Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios and the Sault Symphony School of Music.
Joining Eric and Karen will be joined by soprano Kristianna VanOveren, a Michigan native who has been featured with Opera Grand Rapids productions of Tosca, Noah's Flood, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and Monkey See, Monkey Do. She has also sung at the Spoleto, Italy Vocal Arts Symposium and with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Soo Theatre Project's own Dianna George, an accomplished soprano, will also join in the program with music from Die Fledermaus and The Pirates of Penzance. Pianist John Ignatowski, STARS instructor and organist-choir master for St. Mary's Church, will serve as accompanist for the program.
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