Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to Host International Women’s Day Concert

Opera music

Award-winning singers will take center stage at the International Women’s Day (IWD) concert celebrating this year’s theme, “Break the Bias”. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park. The concert lasts 75 minutes without intermission. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Participants must arrive by 6:45 p.m. and be prepared to show proof of vaccination and ID.

An on-site VIP reception with the artists follows. General admission tickets are $25 and tickets for the concert and VIP reception are $40. There are $10 student tickets. To purchase tickets, click here or purchase at the door if the concert is not sold out. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 611 Randolph Street in Oak Park. The building is accessible and free street parking is available. Tickets are neither refundable nor exchangeable. If the concert is canceled due to COVID, tickets will be valid for the rescheduled concert date.

Eight performers “choose to challenge” inequality in the music industry by celebrating a talent extravaganza by women in the arts. Good Shepherd and Working In Concert/Bellissima Opera co-produce a passionate affair of vocal arts, opera, writing and Hawaiian hula.

“Like opera, the hula tells stories, in this case with bodies rather than voices. Together, all the elements of our concert invite the audience to be up close and personal,” says Christine Steyer, Artistic Director of Bellissima Opera.

Headlining the event are sopranos Michelle Areyzaga, Jonita Lattimore and Christine Steyer, and contralto Corinne Wallace-Crane with arias from opera’s favorite heroines and songs from local composers Lita Grier, Lena J. McLin, Patrice Michaels and Elizabeth Rudolph. They will be accompanied by collaborating pianists Dana Brown and Jennifer McCabe. The evening will also feature music from Future Perfect, a modern fairy tale* to the words of young Chicago high school women.

Guest artist MG Bertulfo, emcee and author, will read an excerpt from his ongoing novel about a young Filipina girl. Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue leads a performance of Halau I Ka Pono (The Hula School of Chicago). Images by Japanese artist Mimei Sakamoto will serve as beautiful backdrops. Claudia Hommel, Executive Director of Working In Concert, will open the event.

Bellissima Opera (Oak Park) presents innovative classical concert experiences. It is an initiative of Working in Concert (Chicago). WIC educates, advocates and mobilizes a global community of singers who use the art of song to empower lives and build community. Donors supporting this concert include Jethra Kapp, Eleanor Sharpe, the Illinois Arts Council and individuals.

Concert attendees include Michelle Areyzaga (Arlington Heights), Jonita Lattimore (Chicago), Dana Brown (Chicago), Jennifer McCabe (Chicago), Claudia Hommel (Chicago), Christine Steyer (Oak Park), MG Bertulfo (Oak Park), June Tanoue (Oak Park), Corinne Wallace-Crane (Naperville) and Mimei Sakamoto (Tokyo, Japan).

Photo credit: Background painting by Mimei Sakamoto