Yesterday, The "Melodious Mama's" reprized much of our concert from October (when we were all "expecting"!) for
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's Winnetka Chapter.
Such a lovely audience. Such a special time with them! We laughed, and shed tears, while sharing such exquisite pieces of humanity and Mommy songs!
I loved producing and performing alongside these brilliant folks.
The beautiful new Mom's: Soprano Ingrid Israel Mikolajczyk, (baby girl 4 months) and Mezzo Soprano Amanda Koopman (adopted son 2 yrs old)
Mr. marvelous Andrew Blendermann on the keys (yep, he's got two kids as well but he's not as new to the job, and not a mommy, but a fantastic Daddy!)
Following our program, we had a lovely luncheon with these wonderful ladies.
The audience tonight was so fun. It's not every day that while singing you stroll around flirting, stroke a beard one second, and then smack a kiss onto a bald head the next. That was with "La Pastorella delle Alpi" by Rossini, --that sassy shepherdess. Don't worry, I cleaned up my act by following it with "Caro Nome". ;-)
Very Honored to have received the "Bella Voce" award at Chicago's Bel Canto Foundation, and I feel doubly honored to have received it again. Seems to be a theme lately, and I'm not complaining. :)
As luck would have it, I have been fortunate enough to have the honor of winning the People's Choice Award during the Semi-Final Round, at The American Traditions Competition 2017! The fun part is, I won the exact same award in 2016!
Thank You Savannah, you are so special! A gem of a town. What a slice of paradise!
As usual, the American Traditions Competition was amazing and full of the best singers from all around! Our esteemed judges were Broadway composer, phenomenal actor-singer, Andrew Lippa (Addams Family & Big Fish), Soprano and operatic legend-turned American songstress, Silvia McNair, and Kurt Ollmann (Leonard Bernstein's favorite Baritone).
I can't wait to return to this awesome competition, where the artistry is second to none and the audiences couldn't be more warm and enthusiastic. Here's a link to more of my raving about this competition in a post a year ago!
Here is Miss Ella, our newest songbird.
"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.
"Think Outside Your Box" means 3 things:
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.