WHITEFIELD — American soprano, Sara Heaton, noted for her “gleaming lyricism” by Opera News Online, will be the featured artist at the North Country Chamber Players’ Spring Gala Concert and Dinner, Cabaret! The Golden Age, in the spectacular ballroom of Whitefield’s Mountain View Grand Resort on Sunday, June 9, at 5 p.m.
Billed as an evening of magical, intimate songs, and dynamic instrumental numbers, the musical selections are designed to transport listeners to the legendary nightclubs of Paris, Berlin and New York during the 1930s and ‘40s. Heaton, who has received several vocal competition awards, sings regularly in Metropolitan Opera performances, and has been a favorite of Chamber Player audience for several seasons.
Now in their 41st year, the Chamber Players have been described by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts as “one of the outstanding cultural resources in the state of New Hampshire,” and a critic from the Boston Musical Intelligencer lauded them as, “a sophisticated group of experienced, passionate, focused, and obviously talented musicians.” Chamber Players members Susan Nidel, flute, Allen Blustine, clarinet, Ronnie Bauch, violin, Ah Ling Neu, viola, Donald Palma, bass, and Chris Finckel, ‘cello, will appear along with Ms. Heaton and guest violinist Curt Macomber. Together they will perform music by Eric Satie, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, from his Three Penny Opera, and songs made famous by the legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf.
Always seeking to provide a wide range of programming and ideas to engage, inspire and inform the communities they serve, during the past four decades, the Chamber Players have introduced other internationally renowned figures like jazz great Branford Marsalis; conductor, author and educator Leon Botstein; and architect and visionary Paolo Soleri to northern New Hampshire audiences, for the first time, in collaborative performances and special presentations.