Thank you to my friends who joined me for the show this Tuesday night! And thank you to Winnetka Congregational Church for sponsoring our venue!
If you missed it!
Here it is-- The main reason we had the concert was in order to make this video below for the Lotte Lenya competition audition:
AND you can see the folk and jazz songs on the full 45 minute program ON THIS YOU TUBE PLAYLIST.
Here's to hoping to compete in NYC's Lotte Lenya Competition this March. Here is the 15 minute/4 songs/4 characters/4 genre Musical Theatre video I submitted for them...fingers crossed! See below description of the characters and songs. Also, check out the fun pictures below too!
See Playlist of the entire concert HERE!
"Pirate Jenny" (0:00) Kurt Weill (The Threepenny Opera)
The 'Pirate Jenny' portrayed is a prostitute who has intense hatred for the men she is dependent upon. She dreams up this story and 'ship' that would allow her to enact her vengeance; but, all she really wants is to be rescued.
"I Cain't Say No" (4:16) -Rodgers & Hammerstein (Oklahoma!)
There could not possibly have been a more different character to switch into, than this lovable & slightly awkward Ado Annie, who tells us a bit about her dilemma with men.
"You Don't Know This Man" (7:00) -Jason Robert Brown (Parade)
Lucille's husband has been sensationalized in the media as the rapist and murderer of a 14 year old girl who works at his factory. Lucille is telling off the reporter whom is responsible for the rumors, and whom has just been haggling her to give more details about her husband.
"Glitter and Be Gay" (9:15) -Leonard Bernstein (Candide)
We are full circle with another prostitute, or er...courtesan, (it's always more complicated than that) though you can feel free to laugh at this one. Through not really any fault of her own...she has gone a little crazy, a little melodramatic, depressed, and eventually finds her consolation amongst her jewels.
I would be so honored if you came to this FREE program!
I am presenting solos that are "American Songs of the Heart"
to prep for upcoming competitions!
~ Invite Your Friends! ~
(Please no children under the age of 5, for recording purposes)
Tuesday January 27th, 7-7:45 pm
At Winnetka Congregational Church (see location)
That evening, we are recording a live musical theater audition for the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition in NYC, where, if I am selected: I would compete in the semi-finals New York City.
The first prize winner is given $15,000, exposure in NYC,
and masterclasses with some of New York City's top directors/coaches.
I have noticed that whenever I record 'live auditions' in front of a camera, it is a lackluster experience without a 'live' audience, and challenging to do my best just for a camera.
That is why it would mean so much to me to have you in the audience to cheer me on, as I perform some of these pieces for the first time ever!
The other big competition that I'm preparing for, is called the American Traditions Competition. They have chosen 28 contestants from all over the United States to compete in Savannah, Georgia- ... these vocalists are the best at singing any genre/style they are given. So, my program includes one song in each genre of folk, jazz, musical theater, opera, art song, Johnny Mercer, Great American Songbook, spiritual/gospel, and modern cabaret! The first prize winner of this competition is also awarded $15,000 + additional awards like Audience Favorite, and Best Jazz Performance. I posted briefly about this competition on this blog here.
SO there will be a lot of variety on this short program.
There is no charge!
Donations are always appreciated and would go towards travel & accompanist expenses for these competitions. But I would just be SO thrilled to have you there!!
Program Run-Time: Less than 45 mins
The Sweet Heart Tree (Johnny Mercer)
The Water is Wide - (Folk song)
I Cain't Say No- (Ado Annie from Oklahoma!)
You Don't Know This Man - (from Parade- Broadway)
Pirate Jenny - from The Threepenny Opera (Musical Theater Kurt Weill)
Glitter and Be Gay - (Candide)
Heart We Will Forget Him - Copland-(Art Song)
Star Dust - (Jazz)
Bewitched - (Jazz/Great American Songbook)
Girl in 14G - (Modern Cabaret)
"Becoming a mother changed me. I have more love, passion, and fulfillment in life; which in turn, enriches my artistry. Please join me in normalizing motherhood within the performing artist's culture."
- Rachel Sparrow
Rachel Sparrow is a professional singer, musician,(violin, piano, ukulele) actor, teacher, arranger, writer, and most importantly: a wife and a mommy of two littles. She loves to help parents make everyday life musical with their kids as well as share backstage stories, and performance experiences here. She earned her Master's degree in Voice Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds two Bachelor's degrees in Voice, and Music Education (certified to teach k-12 vocal & instrumental music) from Idaho State University. She is also a certified Music Together Director (music class for birth-5 yrs). See about Rachel.
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1. Be Selfless - think beyond your own "box". (and for singers, there's more to life than your voice box!) You're capable of helping and healing others.
2. Feel Empowered to bust out of the proverbial
"box" made of societally-induced-parameters.
3. Be Bold. Innovate. Stretch yourself. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.