Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Don't Miss A Grand Night for Singing: Opera and Broadway Favorites, June 5 and 6

Pickford local soprano Karen Hughes will be singing in A Grand Night for Singing: Opera and Broadway Favorites. Tenor Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth, soprano Rosemary Hollingsworth, pianist Rachelle Deresti, string quartet Simply Strings, and local talent will be joining Hughes. A Grand Night for Singing will have pieces from Wicked, My Fair Lady, La Traviata, Così fan tutte, and pieces from Die Fledermaus, an opera that is being performed at the Soo Theatre Project in September.

Tenor Dr. Hollingsworth has performed leading and featured roles in Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, and others. Dr. Hollingsworth is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at Illinois State University where he serves as Coordinator of the Voice Department.

Soprano Rosemary Hollingsworth has performed leading roles in Tales of Hoffman, Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, Roméo et Juliette, Kismet, Così fan tutte, and The Medium. Ms. Hollingsworth has served on the voice faculty of Illinois Wesleyan, Lycoming College, and Illinois State University.

Soprano Rosemary Hollingsworth and tenor Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth

Soprano Karen Hughes has performed extensively in opera, musical theatre, and oratorio in the United States and abroad. Hughes will head to Italy this summer to sing the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro with La Musica Lirica in July. Hughes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Harp Performance from DePauw University and Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska.

Soprano Karen Hughes

Pianist Rachelle Deresti holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Chamber Music from the University of Toronto. Rachelle returns to the Soo Theatre for Grand Night, having been the rehearsal accompanist for The Magic Flute and the pianist in the orchestra for Annie. Rachelle teaches piano at the Algoma Conservatory in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

A Grand Night for Singing: Opera and Broadway Favorites is being performed at the Soo Theatre Project on Thursday, June 5th and Friday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. There will be a June 6th Special: $30 tickets for the middle section towards the front will include an after-performance on-stage reception to meet the artists. Wine, punch, coffee, and light appetizers will be provided.

For advance tickets or more information, call the Soo Theatre office at (906) 632-1930. The Soo Theatre is located at 534 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Photos from the Performance

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