2/22 | Laurie Rubin – Mezzo Soprano

Thursday, February 22 | 7:30 p.m.  

Laurie Rubin, a blind singer who challenged the norm and beat the odds is coming to The Berman this February.

New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini praised her “compelling artistry, communicative power” and the “earthy, rich and poignant qualities” of her voice. Laurie is not only a famous mezzo-soprano, but also the celebrated author of Do You Dream in Color whose concert combines song and storytelling into a unique performance that should not be missed. She is a shining example for all people that with true inner strength and determination, you can change the world and you can do it in a beautiful way.

MORE ABOUT LAURIE:   Mezzo-Soprano and author Laurie Rubin has performed the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Karen in Gordon Beeferman’s The Rat Land with New York City Opera, Penelope in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses at the Greenwich Music Festival, and is currently playing the role of the witch/voice in Lisa Bielawa’s ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award winning episodic opera, “Vireo.”   She has given recitals at The John F. Kennedy Center and the White House in Washington DC. Carnegie Hall, and Wigmore Hall in London.

In 2013, Ms. Rubin embarked on a national tour performing a concert pairing musical selections with excerpts from her memoir published by (Seven Stories Press) which details her story of growing up blind, coupled with the growing pains of adolescence and her unique career ascendance in the world of classical music and opera.  As lyricist, Rubin has collaborated with composers Bruce Adolphe and Jennifer Taira in new classical music, pop, and musical theater repertoire.  She took part in the competitive Lucas Artist Residency Program’s Composer’s and Musician’s Fellowship at the Montalvo Arts Center.  In November 2014, the new musical, “Peace On Your Wings,” for which Rubin served as lyricist and co-bookwriter had its world premiere on Oahu, and subsequently toured the neighbor islands and Los Angeles for its West Coast premiere to enthusiastic audience response and critical acclaim.

Rubin is a sought after speaker for a diverse array of audiences and events, including educational events for middle and high school aged youth, conventions for women leaders, and disability advocacy groups, giving presentations on a variety of topics, including overcoming the effects of bullying, and carving a successful path and defying stereotypes associated with a disability.  Her recent presentation for over 800 6th graders in Highland Park was featured in the Chicago Tribune on September 10th, 2015.  Rubin will be performing and speaking at the Ted Med Conference in November of this year about conquering fears.

Ms. Rubin is also co-founder and associate artistic director of Ohana Arts, a performing arts festival and school on Oahu.

Sponsored by the JCC Annual Jewish Book Fair.

1/25 – 2/3| The Wedding Singer

PERFORMED BY THE PAIJ PLAYERS

  • Thursday, January 25 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27 | 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 28 | 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 31 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3 | 8 p.m.

The year is 1985, the place is New Jersey.  A wannabe rock star (aka professional wedding singer) is left at the altar and finally changes his tune.  Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie “The Wedding Singer’s” sparkling score does for the ‘80s what Hairspray did for the ‘60s.  Just say yes to the most romantic musical in 20 years!

“The Wedding Singer” is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com