“Women’s Voices: A Rally for Rosie’s Place” is a FREE benefit concert featuring talented singers and dancers performing to raise money for Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in Boston. A varied program will focus on female composers and performers, as well as pieces highlighting women’s themes from past and present. Featured performers include vocalists Jennifer Sgroe and Nyah Macklin, Ensemble Lyrae, and dancers from Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.
Dance Complex has its home in Central Square in Cambridge, MA and produces more than 100 concerts a year. This community of dancers is reflective of its locale, attracting people from all corners of the world. That diversity is reflected in its artists, classes, and performances. MCC is honored to have Ann Brown Allen, Kara Fili, Ann Fonte, Lindsay LaPointe, Irene Lutts, Hai Dang Nguyen and Lonnie Stanton sharing their talents with us. They will be collaborating in this program with soprano Katherine Steele of Milton.
Ensemble Lyrae is a vocal women’s ensemble consisting of four singers and a pianist, specializing in musical works that are often unknown or under-played, as well as new works written especially for them. Known for their remarkable sound and imaginative programming, Ensemble Lyrae performs regularly in the Boston area at venues large and small.
Vocalist Nyah Macklin is a recent graduate of Brandeis University where she sang the national anthem at their graduation ceremony. She also sang recently to kick off a Patriots playoff game. She is equally comfortable with gospel and musical theater repertoire and was featured in a production of “The Last Five Years” with the Gloucester Stage Company. She is currently serving as a Legislative Aide at the Massachusetts State House.
Operatic soprano Jennifer Sgroe recently made her Jordan Hall debut. She has also appeared with the Hartford Opera Theater in a world premiere one-woman opera. In recital she specializes in contemporary American opera and art song along with Baroque and Classical repertoire. Sgroe has sung throughout the US as well as at festivals in Finland, England, and Austria.
Soprano Emily Tweedy has been hailed as “a delight”, “warm and inviting”, and Opera Today praised her voice for its “genuine beauty and control”. In the 2016-2017 season she made her role debut as Nannetta in Falstaff as well as covering the role of Zémire in Zémire et Azor with Opera Saratoga. Recent seasons have included appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Engagements for the 2017-2018 season include Haydn’s The Creation with Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, appearances with American Lyric Theater, Handel’s Messiah with Boston’s Eureka Ensemble, and appearances with Nashville Opera in Hercules vs. Vampires and Susannah. A Georgia native, Miss Tweedy earned the degree Master of Music at the New England Conservatory.
Admission to this concert is FREE. A free-will offering will be taken and all proceeds will go directly to Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States. Rosie's provides meals and shelter for 12,000 women annually, as well as providing wide-ranging support and education services.
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