Salon Concert To Feature Opera, Broadway Selections

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The Payson Choral Society and the Friends of Metropolitan Auditions are sponsoring a Salon Concert on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at a private home in Pine. The program will feature popular opera and Broadway, including selections from Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Carmen, Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, and more. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Performing artists include baritone and teacher, Jeffrey Stevens. A native of El Paso, Texas, he is comfortable in comic roles, in opera, in musical theater and showcase concerts. He specializes in Gilbert and Sullivan, has sung with numerous opera companies and recently finished a run of My Fair Lady with Amarillo Opera. He also performs baroque music. He is active in Phoenix, singing with Opportunity, an opera in the schools program. He received his DMA from ASU in 1997, and has taught voice at several colleges and universities.

Sarah Kim, soprano, is a native of Portland, Oregon, and currently a senior pursuing her Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance at NAU, on a full Opera Tuition Waiver. In the past year she placed second in the Arizona division of the NATS voice competition, and third in the Edgar Stone Voice Scholarship Auditions. She has sung roles in Le Nozze de Figaro, Dido and Aeneas and La Boheme in NAU opera scenes, and soon will perform in Madame Butterfly. Sarah has been approved to be a candidate in this fall's Metropolitan Auditions to be held on the ASU campus October 25th. So far Sarah, at 24, will be the youngest to compete.

Lin Li Weintraub is accompanist for the Salon Concert. At age 11 she was one of six pianists to be accepted into the prestigious Central Conservatory of Beijing's Primary School. Prior to that she was named Outstanding Youth Pianist in China's national competition. She earned a BA in Piano Performance, became a professor at The Central Conservatory before moving to Singapore, and in 1996, to the US. She received an MA in Piano Performance from the Aaron Copeland School of Music in NY. Since arriving in Arizona in 2000, Lin has been active as piano teacher and performer and accompanist. She currently is a freelance accompanist and maintains a private piano studio. She often accompanies her husband, Baritone Robert Ian Weintraub in recital.

Proceeds from donations and concert ticket sales will benefit FOMA (Friends of Metropolitan Auditions), in support of the artists and audition costs. Some proceeds, however, will remain in Payson to assist the planning of future Salon events. Tickets, at $25 each, for the October 12th concert have been sold out, as seating is limited to 50. To add your name to a mailing list announcing future artistic events, e-mail Sarah Nelson at: ndap@cybertrails.com.

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