Opera Noir’s Divas & Desserts Brings Celebrities, Donors to MoAD
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Event: Divas & Desserts
Date: April 1, 2017
Pictured: Jennifer Boesing, Sibel Demirmen, Danny Glover, J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark, Chris Poston, Haqumai Sharpe
Organizer: Opera Noir
Location: Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
Photos by: Jane Richey
Opera Noir’s April 1st Divas & Desserts was filled with fun and frivolity, but no foolishness when it came to the beautiful vocal performances lead by Soprano and Director, J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark. The intimate Salon Performance took place at MoAD, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and raised $52,500 for the non-profit Performing Arts Company.
Guests were encouraged to wear “elegant, artsy, unique attire”, and they didn’t disappoint. There was a cacophony of color and sparkle as guests dined on hors d’oeuvres and sipped sparkling wine at the pre-performance reception. Dave Clark, Morning News Anchor from KTVU TV2 served as Host and MC for the evening. Guests included acclaimed actor Danny Glover and Honorary Co-Chair Deborah Santana.
True to Opera Noir’s Mission “to promote cultural diversity in the classical arts”, the multi-cultural cast deftly executed the music programmed by Ms. Smith-Clark, which opened with the Brindisi from Verdi’s La traviatta and closed with Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love.” The program also included a movement from the song cycle Honey and Rue composed by Andre Previn with text by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.
The program was a reflection of Ms. Smith-Clark’s concerns for what is going on in the world, and her steadfast belief that the Arts have the capacity to heal and bring about reconciliation. Guests were deeply moved by the program, and are looking forward to upcoming Opera Noir performances of Requiem 4 Reconciliation, and Praise Revelation, which were introduced in preview videos that evening.
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik included a mention of Opera Noir’s Divas & Desserts in her Datebook Column both online, and in the Tuesday, April 12 printed edition, noting the attendance of Danny Glover, Deborah Santana, and KTVU Television News Anchor, Dave Clark.
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