|Lori Lewis: soprano with big plans|
Now you can help her - and me. Keep reading; a few paragraphs from now I'll tell you about a fund-raiser in progress and how you can help. First though, here's why your help is needed.
|St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Baltimore MD|
Then things started to get crazy.
Lori, who already had a bit of notoriety as the creator of a popular website called Everday Opera (check it out at this link), got responses from all over the United States. Several plum venues thought it would be just the thing to have a lovely, 60-minute opera about Katie performed on or about Reformation Sunday, October 27.
|Elizabeth Madeiros Hogue|
Lori, as much of a Type-A personality as she is, is only one person.
So now my opera is scheduled to have no less than five - count 'em! five! - virtually simultaneous premiere performances in five cities, sung by five sopranos. You know, Aida had only one world premiere. Yeah, yeah, the King of Egypt attended, but even so: I think I've bested Verdi in this scenario. He would be green with envy. (Highly appropriate, given his surname, right?)
Actually, Lori is now thinking big. She'd like to see this opera go on a national tour. She'd like to see the opera performed in Luther's hometown of Wittenberg Germany during the festivities associated with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. She'd like the opera aired on PBS. She's created a management team to oversee these plans, with an advisory board filled with prominent opera singers and other mover-shaker types. She's got a booking agent to handle performance requests and a professional in the business of music promotion to help get out the word.
This is where you come in, Dear and Faithful Readers.
Lori and I now have a tiger by the tail. This enterprise has become, several times over, more complex and more expensive. Here, by the way, is a list of the scheduled performances and artists:
- Albequerque, NM with soloist Lori Lewis
- St. Louis, MO with soloist Janet Hopkins
- Fort Wayne,IN with soloist Kathryn Peperkorn
- New Orleans, LA with soloist Kathleen Halm Simmons
- Baltimore, MD with soloist Elizabeth Madeiros Hogue
Listen, we've got to fund all of this. There are nun's habits to procure, pianists and singers to be compensated, simple sets and props to be arranged for, and (eventually) a DVD's and CD's to be recorded and duplicated.
If you are a Lutheran - heck, if you're a Protestant; if you believe in encouraging new opera; if you support the arts; if you like vocal music; if you believe that dreams can come true; if this project sounds worthy to you; please know that YOU CAN HELP US. RIGHT NOW, THIS SECOND.
|Kathleen Halm Simmons|
Do me a solid and click on this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/katie-luther-the-opera?c=home that Lori created on indigogo.com. You can watch a short video in which you meet Lori, hear her describe her take on what we're trying to accomplish, and even hear some brief exceprts from the music performed by Elizabeth Hogue and Your Humble Blogger at the piano.
Size of gift doesn't matter. Give a lot or give a little. $5? No problem. $10? Cool. $20? That's where the gifts of appreciation begin.
$1000.00? Well, okay - if you insist... <insert smiley face>
Just click on the link and watch the video.
And thanks. Thanks for helping, thanks for SHARING this post with friends you think might be interested, thanks for having read all the way to the end of this post, and most of all...