CHARLES CITY — The Charles City Community Chamber Orchestra will be performing a Springtime in Paris Concert, Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at the 500 North Grand Auditorium in Charles City. The concert is free and open to the public. With conductor, John Chiles (Cedar Falls), the chamber orchestra will perform a repertoire of music from French composers. The concert will feature Megan Grey, a vocalist from Cedar Falls, Iowa, who will perform two pieces from the opera, Carmen, accompanied by the orchestra. She will also perform two solo pieces accompanied by pianist, Elisabed Imerlishvili, a UNI graduate piano performance student..
Megan Grey, mezzo soprano, is currently in her first year of her Master’s of Music program in voice performance at UNI. She has played the roles of Mrs. McLean in Susannah, Mrs. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Sorceress and Spirit in Dido and Aeneas, all with UNI Opera. She has appeared in scenes as Romeo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi, the Secretary in The Consul, Old Lady in Candide, all with UNI opera and as Dorabella in Così fan Tutte with the Chautauqua Opera Company this past summer.
Megan will be returning this summer to be a studio artist in Chautauqua Opera Company as well as playing the role of Proserpina in a Respighi orchestration of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, which will be a U.S. stage premier of this historic work. Megan is also an active competitor. This past year she won first place in the graduate division of the Central Region National Association of Teacher’s of Singing competition, 2nd place in the annual Classical Singer Magazine national competition, was a finalist in the annual 2016 National Opera Association’s vocal competition, and has placed in several Schubert Club competitions based in St. Paul, MN as well as the UNI Presser competition. Megan currently studies with Dr. Jean McDonald and holds her undergraduate degree in voice performance from UNI.
A post-concert reception will follow in the lobby with a variety of French pastries available. All proceeds will benefit the Charles City Community Chamber Orchestra (CCCCO).