ëSinging with Livingstone and Friendsí
The Salisbury Symphonyís final concert of the season, iSinging With Livingstone and Friendsî will be presented in Varick Auditorium on the Livingstone College campus Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
For this Symphony Pops concert, Music Director David Hagy will be joined by long-time friends of the symphony and by special guests.
Soprano Teresa Moore-Mitchell is a Salisbury native and long-time favorite performer. She has sung in New Yorkís Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and has toured the U.S. and Greece.
She has been a winner of the Leontynne Price Competition Award for Best Performer and has been given the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award.
Moore-Mitchell is currently on the faculty of Winston-Salem State University and serves on the board of directors of Looking Glass Artist Collective of Salisbury.
Her rendition of Gershwinís iMy Manís Gone Nowî from iPorgy and Bessî is likely to be a show stopper this Saturday.
Tenor Craig Estep will perform duets with Moore-Mitchell and sing a solo from the musical, iChess.î
Pfeiffer University graduate Estep performed with the San Francisco Opera Company from 1987 to 1995 and has played roles for Calgary Opera, Miami Opera and the Birmingham Opera Company. He has also made appearances with Atlanta and San Francisco orchestras.
He sang at the Hollywood Bowl with the Cleveland Orchestra, performed the title role in a concert version of Rossiniís Ivanhoe in Sienna, Italy, Anfinomo in Il Ritorno díUlisse in Cologne, Germany, and joined such artists as Sam Ramey, Frederica Von Stade and Marilyn Horne in a iLive from Lincoln Centerî Rossini Gala on PBS.
Estep is a regional winner in the Metropolitan Opera auditions in Atlanta, the Giuseppe di Stefano International Tenor Competition in Connecticut and the Alfredo Kraus International Competition on the Canary Islands.
Estep now resides in Stallings and teaches at Charlotte Latin School.
Also featured Saturday will be soloists Kimberly Butler, Wandalaine Berry-Burch, Michael Weddington and Neal Wilkinson.
The Livingstone College Choir, under the direction of DeVaughn Miller, will be opening the program with Beethovenís iHallelujahî and will return at the end for a grand finale along with all the soloists.
If that werenít enough, the concert will also feature the All-County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus and the Salisbury Youth Orchestra, combining to present a medley from iHigh School Musical.î Ryan Pellar directs the youth orchestra.
The most unique part of the program may be a trio by Livingstone College president Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, Catawba College president Dr. Robert E. Knott, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community Collegeís financial officer Robert Keeney.
The symphony is also promising surprise guests as part of the concertís grand finale.
This event is being sponsored by Cloninger Ford/Toyota/Scion with additional funding through a Grassroots Grant from the Rowan Arts Council.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (60 years and older), $6 for students (ages 9-18), and $4 for children. Livingstone and Catawba College students are admitted free with student ID.
Tickets are available at Belk (Salisbury Mall), A Step In Time, Rowan Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sidewalk Deli in Salisbury; Green Goat Gallery in Spencer; and Crescent Pharmacy in Rockwell.
For more information, call 704-637-4314, or visit www.salisburysymphony.org.