Knightly News Performances throughout the Chicagoland
Posted on March 19th, 2011
On Saturday March 12th, Chicago had it’s annual Dyeing of River. I was asked to sing Irish Songs aboard the Star of Chicago boat for the company, Navigant Consultants. It was a chilly Saturday, but lots o’ fun! I sang the ever famous Danny Boy, My Wild Irish Rose, ‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer, and many more.
After the River turned Green, I made it up to DePaul University for my Prelude Choir Dress rehearsals. The performance was that same evening at 6:30pm. Quite a busy day. The kindergarten-third graders from the DePaul Community Music Division, performed the musical, Child of The World.
Posted on March 10th, 2011
Chicago Opera Theater honored COT for Teens on Sunday, March 6th at their annual Gala at Carnivale. Each year, students from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods come together to study and create opera. For some, this marks the first experience with singing and opera as they attend schools with no music or art offerings. And for others, it is an extension on a young interest in singing. Regardless of background and experience, all of these students come to us with eagerness to explore a new art form and spread their wings. For three hours a day, three days a week, the COT for Teens students immerse themselves in what we love: opera. The program culminates in the spring with their own production. This year COT For Teens will present a condensed version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, an excerpt from which you will hear shortly. This program instills artistry and appreciation in not only tomorrow’s opera-goers, but tomorrow’s opera stars, as well. 10 of the 30 COT for Teens students were featured at the Gala under the direction of Christopher Richard and Marta Johnson.
The transition that each student goes through from the beginning of the program- where some are completely unfamiliar with opera and singing- to performing in a production that would make even the toughest critic get on their feet, is astounding. Our students gain confidence in themselves and take great pride in being part of such a special team. The typical after school ritual of TV is replaced with this incredible creative outlet that is inspirational.
One of the high school performers texted this message that night to director, Chris Richard. “Thank you so much for tonight!!!! It was truly an inspiration and a reminder as to shy I want to be a musician! This is a night I will never forget and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity! Tonight truly was the greatest experience I’ve ever had!