Mezzo soprano returns to Rockford

Mezzo soprano returns to Rockford


Gary Carlson Motors presents “An Evening of Many Voices” (classical, pop and jazz standards) featuring Sara Lemen, mezzo soprano and Fred Conrad, renowned accompanist. This evening will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 10, at the Mendellssohn Club, 415 N. Church St., Rockford.

Sara Lemen is a native of Rockford and a Boylan Central Catholic High School graduate. She is an emotional singer empowered by a passionate voice that is capable of evoking all of the extremes of human emotion. Gifted with a rich voice that is both powerful and tender, Lemen has the uncanny ability to soar through an opera aria or to croon through a pop favorite. Operatic training and a love of pop and jazz have both been contributing factors in the unique versatility of her voice. Among the presentation of several recitals, her classical credits include the role of The Princess in Puccini’s opera Suor Angelica and the role of Dalilah in Handel’s oratorio Samson. She has been coached by several highly respected vocal coaches including Giulio Favario and Maestro Alan Stone.

For the past six years, she has studied under, and continues to study under Patricia Deckert, at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, her beloved friend and mentor. In the fall, Lemen plans to continue her education by beginning graduate studies in vocal pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University.

Fred Conrad is no stranger to the cabaret scene in Chicago, having performed at the Ritz Carlton and other cafes and clubs around town. He is a professional accompanist and voice coach on the accompanying staff at Roosevelt University. It was there, during Lemen’s university days that they met and began working together.

Conrad feels that creating musical backgrounds and auras for singers is one of the most satisfying endeavors of his career in music. With a voice as warm and velvety as Lemen’s (commanding instant attention wherever she sings), the creativity between the two of them is tremendous fun and more than rewarding. Admission is $10 at the door (no advance ticket sales). Seating is first come first served. Fro more information , call the Mendelssohn Club at (815) 964-9713.

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