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Bel Canto’s 27th Season

by Janet Grantham




Sunday, September 8, marks the 27th Anniversary Performance of Bel Canto. The performance will begin at 4:00 P.M., with dinner at Highlands Country Club immediately following.

This year’s program brings three newcomers to Bel Canto – Leah Partridge, soprano; Kirstin Chavez, mezzo-soprano, and Scott Quinn, tenor. Returning for his third appearance will be Christopher Clayton, baritone. Those of you lucky enough to have heard him previously may remember him from our 24th and 25th performances, where you heard him perform two songs from the composer Tom Cipullo setting six poems of Billy Collins. Chris promised to sing another one if we invited him back; well, we’ve taken him up on his promise!

Stephen Dubberly will accompany the performers. His discussion of the pieces performed by the singers always gives a well thought-out perspective.

As always, the concert will be followed by a wonderful dinner held at Highlands Country Club. The solicitation letter will be mailed in early July to those who have attended Bel Canto in the past. Benefactors will be able to buy tickets early to assure themselves of seats at the continually sold-out performance. So plan to become one of the benefactors this year if you have not been one in the past.

In the past 26 years, Bel Canto has supported The Bascom Permanent Collection, Highlands School music program (with its new choral groups). We also support the Highlands Community Child Development Center and The Gordon Center’s music programs. Bel Canto now supports the music programs of all school programs in Highlands. In the last 10 years alone, Bel Canto has donated over $400,000 to our four beneficiaries thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our benefactors.

So put Sunday, September 8, on your calendar now and plan to attend the 27th Annual Bel Canto Recital. To contact Bel Canto and get on the mailing list, mail your contact information to Bel Canto Recital, P.O. Box 2392, Highlands, NC 28741.