LCR’s Winter Concert Series featuring professional artists from Broadway, opera and classic rock is the brainchild of Art Jaehnke, newly transplanted with his wife, Betsy, from Wisconsin. A Choral Director for 36 years before moving to Florida, Art has maintained longtime relationships with many of his former students who have gone on to sing and/or act professionally. And because of these relationships, LCR is now able to bring high caliber secular music to the East Lake community. One member of each of the four groups in the Concert Series had been Art’s student.
Art and Betsy saw a need to provide quality secular music both for LCR and the surrounding communities without needing to go into Tampa or drive in the evening. Another goal was to raise funds to support the Music Department and Lynne Buelo in her role as Music Director. It is hoped that offering these concerts to LCR’s neighborhood will continue to grow lasting relationships between the church and its neighbors.
March 10, 2019 marks the final concert in the series. It’s been wonderful having such high caliber music happening right here in the East Lake neighborhood! Tickets are still available right here on LCR’s website or at the door. Individual tickets sell for $25. Seating is limited to 200 people in the sanctuary. Hang around after the concert for a meet-and-greet with the performers, beverages and snacks.
Below, please find concert performer bios:
NOVEMBER 11: Susan (Spencer) Varela and Andrew Varela
A Wisconsin native, Susan moved on quickly to success in national, international and Broadway productions, including performances as Fantine in Les Misérables; Eva in Evita; Jo March in Little Women:The Musical; Grizabella in Cats; and The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Radio Music Hall. She has performed at Yale Repertory Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theater. Other roles include the Witch in Into the Woods; the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd; Glinda in Wizard of Oz; and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Follow Susan on Instagram and Twitter @Dramaticsu.
Andrew is happily embracing his adopted home and has become “…a Milwaukee theatre favorite”. Audiences may recognize him from numerous productions at Skylight Music Theatre including Sweeney Todd; Pirates Of Penzance; The Wizard Of Oz And Les Misérables. Broadway and national tours include Les Misérables; Phantom Of The Opera; Cats; South Pacific and Little Women: The Musical.
FEBRUARY 3: Sarah Pfisterer and Rick Hilsabeck
Sarah is one of Broadway’s most esteemed leading ladies, having starred as Christine Daae in over 1000 performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom Of The Opera, as well as an acclaimed portrayal of Magnolia in Showboat! Her off-Broadway and regional appearances include Meet Me In St. Louis; The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber; Sound Of Music; Carousel; The Music Man; The King And I; Beauty And The Beast And My Fair Lady.
Rick is a highly regarded actor, singer, dancer and teacher with over 35 years of experience on Broadway, national tours and the concert stage. He was chosen to be a member of the Academy Award winning singing group The Young Americans, based in Los Angeles. Favorite roles include over 1200 performances as The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera; Caractacus in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (original cast); Big Davey in Billy Elliott The Musical; Governor Slaton in Parade; Fred/Petrucchio in Kiss Me Kate; Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady; Henry Ford in Ragtime; Nathan in Guys and Dolls.
FEBRUARY 17: The Jersey Tenors
In their 18 month tenure, The Jersey Tenors have been labeled the most versatile and talented tribute act in the nation. Their show is a Rock-Opera mash-up featuring some of the most iconic Rock ‘n Roll hits mashed up with classical Opera.
They also feature all things New Jersey from Frankie Valli to Frank Sinatra to Figaro… Forgetaboutit!
Sold Out 5 Week Run at FloridaStudio Theatre in Sarasota FL
Month-long run Dec. 2017 in Atlantic City
46-city Midwest city tour for 2018-2019 season
Sold-out shows in theaters and clubs across Florida
110 shows in 2017
140 more shows already booked through May 2019
MARCH 10: Christina Dominski-Sale and Greg Sale
Christina Dominski-Sale brings a wealth of experience to the operatic stage. In a few short years, she has become indelibly linked to the role of Carmen. “With her rich robust sound” (The Hartford Current), Miss Dominski-Sale is described as “the very incarnation of the gypsy seductress” (The Palm Beach Post). The mezzo’s other credits include Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Cherubino and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Octavia in The Coronation of Poppea, The Third Lady in Die Zauberflote, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Flora in La Traviata, and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. Miss Dominski-Sale made her International debut when she was cast by Academy Award nominated film director and producer Robert Altman for his Lille Opera (France) production of Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress. The production toured for three months throughout France and Belgium. Miss Dominski-Sale’s versatility and range is further demonstrated when she traverses into musical theatre, and the roles of Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Lalume in Kismet and Lizzie in 110 in the Shade. She has appeared with such companies as Connecticut Opera, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Dayton Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Tampa Bay Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Gold Coast Opera, Treasure Coast Opera and Opera D’Lille, France. Ms. Dominski-Sale holds both a Bachelor’s of Music and a Master’s of Music from The University of Michigan. Currently Ms. Sale is a Professor of Voice at Florida Southern College. She will be performing the role of Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi this January with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s Night at the Opera.
Greg Sale, managing partner of OMS Insurance Group, Inc., has more than 23 years of experience in the group health and workers’ comp insurance industry. He was President of Central Florida Health Underwriters in 2005 and 2006. He sits on the Blue Cross Blue Shield, Unitedhealthcare, AvMed, Healthiest You and Humana Agent Councils. He was awarded Agent of the Year by Humana in 2002; and Agent of the Year by the Central Florida Health Underwriters in 2006. He was awarded the “Top Producer” award for Unitedhealthcare (Florida) in 2011. In 2012 was named to the National Principles Council (select group of brokers to oversee health reform’s PPACA) by the National Association of Health Underwriters for his innovation in wellness integration. In 2015 he was appointed to the Leading Producers National Round Table headed in Washington DC. Greg is past president of The Polk Theatre, Inc. and Florida Southern College Fine Arts Council. He was President of The Imperial Symphony Orchestra in 2015 for its 50th Anniversary Season. He founded the Imperial Symphony A Night at the Opera in 1999, and has been the producer for the past 17 years. Greg has a BB in Finance from Univ. of Florida, BM from FSC, MM from USF and an AD from Hartt Conservatory of Music, University of Hartford. Greg currently resides in Lakeland, Fla., with his wife Christina and their two children Ethan and Olivia.
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