HARRISON, N.Y. The Allegro Singers were out to show Wednesday night how music connects different cultures and styles together at the Harrison Public Library.
Founded by Inna Leytush 15 years ago, the group consists of female singers from all around the world. Leytush, originally from Russia, played the piano as mezzo-soprano Inbar Goldmann of Israel and sopranos Janette Lallier of Connecticut and Karmen Zayas of Puerto Rico performed a mix of classical, opera, Broadway and international songs. A variety of the pieces were written by composers such as Verdi, Puccini and Tchaikovsky.
All cultures and people share their joys and sorrows through music, Lallier said. If we can share those joys and sorrows, we can find common ground that we dont have the words for. There is no misunderstanding it in music because it is a language of feeling.
Lallier is in her third year with the group while Zayas is in her second. Zayas said that opera allows her to express herself in a more complete way. Having performed at larger venues in urban areas in the past, Zayas said it is no different singing in a library in a small town.
With singing you are giving a message to the public, Zayas said. It is equal wherever you go. If people cannot go to a big concert hall in New York City we are in your local town singing as well.
Though Goldmann is an experienced singer, this was her first performance with the Allegro Singers. Goldmann had previously sung for the Israeli Army before moving to New York to pursue a masters degree. Leytush said that she was glad to have her singing with the group.
We try to bring music that is exciting to hear to our local audiences, Leytush said. Art needs a lot of preparation so we would like to share it with people. Thats what we do and its special.
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