The Music Ministry and Senior Ministries are sponsoring an exciting program of sacred songs, operatic arias and art songs. Jonita Lattimore, Anisha McFarland and Elizabeth Norman are TreDiva. Their most recent performance was at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.

The program is free! Please mark the date and invite friends and family.

A free will offering will support the Ministries of Community UMC.

 

Biographies:

JONITA LATTIMORE, Lyric Soprano, has received critical acclaim for her portrayals of roles ranging from Micaëla to Elizabeth Taylor, as well as recital appearances and oratorio performances with major orchestras across the United States and abroad. Ms. Lattimore has made acclaimed solo appearances at venues ranging from Chicago’s Symphony Center, Lyric Opera and Millennium Park, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center to Mexico’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, Vienna’s Musikverein, Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival and Paris’ Bastille Opera House. Ms. Lattimore has performed extensively across North America and participated in several Emmy Award-winning projects. She has been recognized by many distinguished organizations and won numerous awards, including the Luciano Pavarotti International Competition in which the great tenor personally advanced her to the finals. Jonita Lattimore has been featured on television (WTTW and WYCC) and radio (WFMT and WVON), and was recently heard as a figure of black history on WVON’s “I Am Chicago” series.

ANISHA McFARLAND, Lyric Soprano, has shared her love of singing across the globe. Her career highlights include her debut roles as Bahia in Amistad with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Frasquita in Carmen with Palm Beach Opera, The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Theatre of Highland Park, and Erste Dame in Die Zauber öte with Independent Opera of Riga, Lativa. She has been a featured soloist with the Dallas, Elgin and Grant Park orchestras, as well as the American Institute of Musicians Orchestra touring various venues in Austria. Anisha McFarland, a Chicago native, is also a member of the soprano trio “TreDiva” with Jonita Lattimore and Elizabeth Norman-Sojourner. They are classically trained, multi-talented artists who have mastered not only opera but also spirituals, jazz, gospel, R&B and musical theater.

ELIZABETH NORMAN-SOJOURNER, Coloratura Soprano, has gained a reputation as an accomplished interpreter of contemporary composers. As a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Finals, Lynn Harvey and Bel Canto competitions, American Opera Society and Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Awards, she appears with orchestras in Chicago and around the country. Some of her most memorable concerts were performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, the White House, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center and Musikverein (Vienna), as well as several East African countries for the United States Information Agency. Noted for her concert repertoire, Elizabeth Norman-Sojourner regularly performs Mahler’s Second, Fourth and Eighth symphonies, the Mozart and Brahms Requiems, Bach cantatas and the symphonic works of Strauss, Handel, Haydn, Barber, Copland, Villa-Lobos and Orff. Her career ranges from concert, opera, solo recitals and chamber music performances to master classes and television and radio engagements.

CHRIS GAROFALO, Director of Music Ministries at Community United Methodist Church, has been active as a pianist and accompanist in the Chicago area for over 25 years and has composed works for solo piano, voice, choir and chamber ensembles. As a soloist with orchestra, he has performed in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. In 1990, he appeared on the television series Music Alive! sponsored by the Chicago Department of Film and Entertainment. With a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, he previously administered a program of classical music and professional soloists for 27 years in Hinsdale.  Mr. Garofalo maintains a private teaching studio in Westmont. In addition, he currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Downers Grove Music Club, a charitable non-profit arts organization that provides free monthly concert programs, a Piano Festival, Student Music Awards and community donations to foster music performance and education in the Downers Grove area. His recording, Silhouettes, released in 2005, features 12 original compositions for solo piano and the original song cycle Within the Circle of the Seasons with tenor Henry Pleas. The four poems are from Edward Searl’s collection of seasonal reflections Beggar’s Bouquet. Previous recordings, produced by Melinda Perrin, include:  Left Brain/Right Brain (1998), Earth Air Fire Water (1989), Luminaria (1990), and Soliloquy (1991). In 1999, he accompanied tenor Henry Pleas on his first CD:  Deep River: A Spiritual Journey. Chris’ Suite for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano and Sonata for Flute and Piano are featured in David Gaynes’ 2013 documentary film “Next Year Jerusalem.”   Chris Garofalo is a Steinway Artist.