First Fridays Presents "Unique Voices" with Alicia Berneche in May

First Fridays presents “Unique Voices” with soprano Alicia Berneche and pianist Maggie Rebers, on Friday, May 3, at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (1209 N. Broadway). The program features music by Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová, Poulenc's Fiançailles pour rire, and Dominick Argento's settings of the funny, sassy advice columnist Miss Manners.

Alicia spent most of her life living on the road and singing opera, but after her son was born and she chose to stay closer to home, she gradually discovered a love for song recitals. She also sings in jazz clubs, churches, and for musicals. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Some favorite performances were with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä and COSÍ FAN TUTTE with Yannick Nezet-Sequin.

While they've known each other for years, this will be Alicia's and Maggie's first time collaborating! The two met through Maggie's husband Tim. Alicia and Tim have performed together numerous times in operas and concerts, and even created an original opera together, the premiere of which Maggieplayed piano for.

Each of the women featured in this program was unique in her time. Kaprálová was a composer and conductor of renown at an early age who compiled an amazing body of work before her premature death at 25. Louise de Vilmorin (Fiançailles pour rire) was a French poet and novelist considered every bit as good as the male writers of her day. Miss Manners is witty and pointed, but polite, and a fierce woman.

Learn more about Alicia at www.aliciaberneche.com, and you can find videos of her work on Youtube.

-Submitted by Maggie Rebers, First Fridays Concert Series Coordinator