'Love Songs' concert to benefit ALS Society
"Songs of the Heart -- A Concert of Love Songs" is planned from 3 to 4 p.m. at the 71 Hillandale Road Church. Performers will include a musicial-theater soprano, an opera baritone, a multigenre pianist and a harpist, concert oganizers said in a news release.
Donations of $20, or $40 per family are recommended.
Proceeds will help fund research and services to people with ayotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and their caregivers. The degenerative nerve disease affects 30,000 Americans and has no cure.
Donalds' professional career includes singing the role of Grizabella in the national tour of "Cats," and she has appeared as a soloist with the Allentown (Pa.) Symphony Orchestra and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.
The Advocate in Stamford cited Donald's "sweet voice and lyrical command," according to the news release. She now is the director of music, and resident cantor at St. Mary Church in Greenwich.
Magnuson has sung at Lincoln Center, on Broadway and in regional theater, concert organizers said. He also has performed with Arizona Opera, Portland Opera, Utah Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and at the Salzburg Festival in Austria,.
Opera News described him as a "charismatic, handsome and seductive performer with a boyish charm," according to the release.
Mennonna has a music degree from Yale University, and his career has run the gamut from liturgical music to jazz, blues, R&B and rock, according to his website. He plays multiple instruments, was a member of the Tom Rush Band and also toured with Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Al Stewart, Jon Edwards, and David Bromberg.
Kerner grew up in Westport and is the principal harpist for the Bridgeport, Norwalk and Ridgefield symphonies, according to the release. She is an adjunct professor of harp at Sacred Heart University and operates a private teaching studio in Wilton.
The New York Times described her as "first rate," according to the release.
ALS often is called "Lou Gehrig's Disease" for the late Hall of Fame baseball player who was diagnosed with the disease on his 36th birthday in 1939.
Survival after diagnosis generally ranges from three to five years, according to the ALS Society website. Gerhig died in 1941, two years after he was diagnosed, at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
For more information about the concert,
call Greens Farms Congregational Church at 203-227-2728 or visit http://makingadifferencewithsong.eventbrite.com.