by Corianna Lee

“How Sweet the Sound” will be an evening of arias and spirituals performed by renowned Hawaii-based soprano, Georgine Stark featuring the Desert Song Community Choir and accompanied by Kathy Renfro. Music showcased will be from well-known operas such as Madame Butterfly and Carmen in addition to a series of African American Spirituals and music.

Soprano Georgine Stark performs extensively with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Stark’s love of spirituals came after her love of classical music when she discovered arrangements by the late Moses Hogan. She performed several of these arrangements in celebration of Black History Month in 2016. Stark grew up singing in church in Buffalo, New York, where she first discovered her love of music. Growing up, Stark was always on the hunt for new music and cultivated a deep love of many forms of music which is exhibited in her passion for performing. Stark will be joined by the Desert Song Community Choir, a local choir made up of members from various communities in Pinal County.

The Desert Song Community choir developed in late 2012 as the resident choir for the Coolidge Performing Arts Center. The Desert Song Choir performs in a variety of community events in addition to featured performances at the Coolidge Performing Arts Center. “How Sweet the Sound” will be a single evening concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 in the Coolidge Performing Arts Center, located at 684 West Northern Avenue in Coolidge.

This concert will feature VIP tickets that include a special meet and greet reception with the artist for just $20.00. General admission tickets are available for $10.00 pre-sale or $12.00 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information on “How Sweet the Sound” and other events at the Coolidge Performing Arts Center, visit www.coolidgeperformingartscenter.org.