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'Songs of Love'

Article Published: Sep. 1, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 6, 2011
'Songs of Love'

Former Metropolitan Opera soloist Brenda Boozer and her husband, Ford Lallerstedt, renowned organist, conductor, composer and pianist, will perform a program of light music to benefit the capital campaign of the Watauga Humane Society.

The program, entitled "Songs of Love," will include music by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Puccini, Rogers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Gershwin, Kern, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart and Schwartz.
The benefit which includes a cash bar, dinner and program of music will be held at the Blowing Rock Country Club at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Tickets for the event may be purchased by sending a check for $100 payable to the Watauga Humane Society (memo - Concert) to P.O. Box 1002, Boone, N.C. 28607, or call Jan Watson at (828) 264-1743. Seating will be limited to 150 people and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Boozer, a native of Atlanta, Ga., enjoyed a triumphant career spanning 14 seasons as a soloist at the Metropolitan Opera. She is equally at home on the concert and recital stages as in the opera house. She has been praised by critics as "being gorgeous to see and equally stunning to hear and possesses a voice with range, depth and fire."

Boozer has performed leading mezzo-soprano roles with many of the world's most prestigious opera companies, including the Paris Opera, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Netherlands Opera, Teatro de Santiago (Chile), Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, Houston Grand Opera and Santa Fe Opera. She has sung with great conductors Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf and Ricardo Chailly.

Boozer is equally at home in musical theater. Her extensive training in dance at an early age, allowed her to become a student of the legendary Martha Graham in New York.

An accomplished actress, she studied at the Actor's Studio in New York with Uta Hagan's husband, acclaimed actor, director and coach Herbert Berghof. She made her Broadway debut in "Coco" with Katherine Hepburn.

Also a native of Atlanta, Lallerstedt studied organ at the Julliard School. He has served on the faculty of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music for almost 40 years, where he currently teaches an advanced musical technique program for composers and conductors.

He has also served on the faculties of the Julliard School, as well as the Mannes College. He made his Lincoln Center debut in 1979 and has performed throughout the United States and Europe.
Although they have spent most of their professional lives in New York City, they now reside in the High Country of North Carolina, where Boozer has many family ties.

With Columbia Artists they have performed more than 150 recitals together throughout the United States. As animal lovers, they are pleased to perform to benefit the Watauga Humane Society's new shelter, the Irma Baker Lyons Adoption and Education Center.

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