A benefit concert for the Loring Greenough House & Boston Opera Collaborative
Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 7pm
What am I doing here? explores a singer's quest for meaning and purpose. From a childhood immersed in Gospel music, to singing background for international pop star Jennifer Hudson, Sirgourney Cook, BOC member artist, takes us on a journey that ultimately leads her home- balancing her love for gospel, God, and classical music.
Refreshments to follow, including fabulous desserts by "Cakes by Ulrike".
Loring Greenough House
12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Sirgourney Cook, soprano
Alexander Johnson, piano
Soprano, Sirgourney Cook, a Chicago, IL native, completed her graduate education at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA where for two years; she was named a Presidential Scholar and earned a Master of Music Degree in Opera Performance, May 2016. There, she studied with Bass- Baritone, Robert Honeysucker. In 2011, Sirgourney began touring and performing as soprano background vocalist for Oscar and Grammy Award Winning Actress and Recording Artist Jennifer Hudson, where she sang on national and international stages from the U.S., London and China and many others, for over three years. She was featured as a soloist in Duke Ellington’s “Concerts of Sacred Music” conducted by Ellington’s protégé, Maestro Randall Keith Horton at Boston University’s 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration. Sirgourney served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the David A. Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury, MA in 2014-2016 in partnership with Longy School of Music of Bard College and Boston Public Schools (BPS). She has been a member of Boston Opera Collaborative for two years where she most recently performed the role of Aphrodite in a Boston premier of Triangle; a vivacious short Opera written by fellow Longy Alum, Tony Solitro. As a performing artist, she continues to use music as an avenue to inspire, educate and advocate for underprivileged youth. She currently serves as the Performing Arts Teacher for grades 5-8 at Roxbury Prep Dorchester.
Pianist Alexander Johnson maintains an active musical life as a keyboardist, vocal coach, and music director. Some of Alexander's recent activities include performances with Boston Opera Collaborative, leading a performance of Bach’s Coffee Cantata at the High Mowing School in New Hampshire, and playing for the Handel and Haydn Society's Vocal Arts Program. Alexander is the music director at the Church of Our Saviour in Arlington, MA. Alexander has a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Longy School of Music of Bard College, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory.