Baritone Peter Tuff and painter LeAnna Tuff invite you into the world of the performing artist, with special guests Kate Adam Johnson (soprano), Jennifer DeDominici (mezzo-soprano), and Todd Teske (tenor). Veteran pianist Daniel Brink will accompany the program of beloved excerpts from operas and musicals.
In honor of LeAnna Tuff’s gallery show “A Peek Behind the Curtain,” a group of performing artists, some locally and some internationally-renowned, will set the scene for a concert of opera and musical theater highlights on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the main gallery at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Baritone Peter Tuff (the artist’s husband) will be joined by local talents Kate Adam Johnson (soprano), Jennifer DeDominici (mezzo-soprano), and Todd Teske (tenor). Veteran pianist Daniel Brink will accompany the program of beloved excerpts from operas and musicals.
“LeAnna’s paintings capture a lot of the emotion that we singers experience,” says baritone Tuff, “and her exhibition in the gallery will be a fantastic backdrop for these concerts.” Tuff says that opera singers and other performing artists experience a range of intense emotions during the journey from learning a role until the curtain comes down on the show: excitement, determination, frustration, exhilaration, exhaustion, joy…and often fear of failure. “There is so much involved,” Tuff added, “from musical, vocal, linguistic and diction challenges, to getting into the head and heart of the character so that you can convey a story to the audience.” He added that the guest artists are all friends, and local stars with whom he has frequently sung, which makes preparing the concert that much more fun.
The performance will feature staples from the operatic literature by Mozart, Verdi, and others, as well as a range of musical theater selections from Rogers and Hammerstein to Sondheim. It will last approximately 90 minutes and will include a brief intermission. A reception with the artists will follow.
LeAnna Tuff’s exhibition “A Peek Behind the Curtain” can be viewed at Cottonwood’s main gallery during the month of August.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and are available at www.ArtistryStudiosCOS.com.
Seating is limited.