International Women’s Day Concert Extravaganza — A Tribute to Women in the Arts by Women in the Arts

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7pm

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Award-winning female singers are centerstage for our 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) concert celebrating this year’s IWD theme, “Break the Bias.” The concert is presented by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Oak Park’s Bellissima Opera, an initiative of Working In Concert.  

Headlining the event are sopranos Michelle Areyzaga, Jonita Lattimore and Christine Steyer, and contralto Corinne Wallace-Crane. They will be accompanied by collaborative pianists Dana Brown and Jennifer McCabe.

“This extravaganza of female talent is designed to delight listeners with arias of opera’s favorite heroines, songs by local women composers, and more,” said Steyer, Artistic Director of Bellissima Opera. “We will truly ‘Break the Bias’ of beliefs that women have not made equal contributions as composers and lyricists, by shining a spotlight on rarely performed gems.”  

Local composers represented on the concert are Lita Grier, Lena J. McLin, Patrice Michaels, and Elizabeth Rudolph.  

The evening will also showcase music from “Future Perfect*–a modern fairytale,” set to the lyrics of young women from Lane Tech College Prep and Senn High Schools. Future Perfect will premiere this June.

Guests artists are M.G. Bertulfo, emcee and author, who will read from her novel-in-progress about a young Filipino girl, and Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue with a performance by Halau I Ka Pono (The Hula School of Chicago). 

Images by Japanese artist Mimei Sakamoto will serve as magnificent backdrops. 

Claudia Hommel, Working In Concert’s Executive Director, will open the event.

This concert is 75 minutes without intermission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should arrive by 6:45 p.m. and be prepared to show proof of vaccination and ID. 

A VIP reception with artists follows, on-site.

Tickets: $10 students, $25 regular, $40 with onsite VIP reception with artists. See ticket link and QR code above, or purchase at the door if not sold out.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 611 Randolph Street, Oak Park. The building is accessible and free street parking is available. 

Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged. If concert is cancelled due to COVID, tickets will be valid for the rescheduled concert date. 

Financial support for this concert comes from Jethra Kapp, Eleanor Sharpe, the Illinois Arts Council and private donors.

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  1. Around the Town Chicago’s Julia W. Rath wrote an excellent review of the concert!