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Mar 5 | 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Concert – A Tribute to Women in the Arts

Join us for the 2023 International Women’s Day Concert – on 3/5/23. Tickets & Info: Bellissimaopera.com/iwd23/

Headliners are vocalists Susan Nelson, Sarah Kropski, Christine Steyer and Anna Tonna accompanied by Jennifer McCabe and Shannon McGinnis. Guest ensemble is C21 under the direction of Martha Swisher. Jeanne Franks, host at WDCB-90.9 FM is emcee. Artist Cheri Wolf will provide the backdrops.

The concert is highlighted by the premiere of “Will They Remember Life Was Beautiful?” A quartet holding space for young lives lost to gun violence. Composed by Elizabeth Doyle to lyrics by Mary Grace Bertulfo. The work gives voice to women effected by gun violence: the mother of a victim, a teacher, a first responder, and the mother of a shooter. The title serves as a mantra to create a collective and contemplative moment.

In addition to classic operatic gems, the concert repertoire celebrates women’s musical contributions across the globe with works by lyricists and composers Pauline Viardot Garcia, Amy Scurria, Germaine Shames, Thea Musgrave, Christine Steyer, Christina Rossetti, May Erlewine, Elaine Romanelli and Edith Piaf .

The 90-minute concert with a short intermission will be followed by a reception with the artists open to all. Doors open at 2 pm Vaccination proof required. Tickets: $22.50 in advance of the day; $27.50 at the door, $45 for VIP seating, and $10 for students. Tickets: Bellissimaopera.com/IWD23/.

Concert at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph Street in Oak Park, IL. The building is accessible and free street parking is available.

Bellissima Opera (established in Oak Park in 2010) presents innovative classical concert experiences. It is one of several initiatives of the nonprofit performing arts alliance Working in Concert. WIC educates, advocates for, and mobilizes a global network of singers to create space for and bring visibility to people and ideas that are all too often excluded from the mainstream. Both Bellissima Opera and Working In Concert have received numerous national prizes (The American Prize and the National Opera Association Award) for their innovative and timely performances.

Donors supporting this concert include Jethra Kapp, Musicians Club of Women, Illinois Arts Council, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

More official content: https://workinginconcert.org/events/international-womens-day-2023-concert/

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