Beverly Owens, Soprano; Diane Goldsmith, Piano
Sunday, February 22 at 4 p.m.
A concert honoring the legendary American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan presented by acclaimed soprano Beverly Owens and pianist Diane Goldsmith will take place at St. Paul’s Church located at 113 Engle Street in Englewood, NJ.
The “Divine One,” as she was often called, began singing in the choir at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in her native Newark. She entered an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and won the $10 prize and a week’s engagement at the Apollo. From 1944 to 1945, she sang with Billy Eckstine. She received many awards, including an Emmy in 1981 for a tribute to George Gershwin and a Grammy in 1983. She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of and was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
The program will include “Body and Soul,” (her winning song at the Apollo), “East of the Sun,” “Black Coffee,” “Misty,” and more. The program will also include some video excerpts of Vaughan’s life.
Beverly Owens, soprano, frequently appears in performances throughout the metropolitan area. In oratorio, Ms. Owens has been soprano soloist in Handel’s “Messiah,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Brahms’ “Requiem,” and Bach’s “Magnificat.” More recently, she appeared as soloist singing works by William Grant Still with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra. Pianist Diane Goldsmithbeen acclaimed for her solo recitals in Lincoln Center and her chamber music in Carnegie Recital Hall and recently appeared at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.
Suggested donation is $20/$10 students and seniors. Everyone is welcome.