The Ontario County Arts Council will hold its 18th Annual Spaghetti Opera on Friday, October 13, featuring a mix of arias, art songs, and Broadway tunes over a pasta dinner. This arts council tradition includes several local singers, who select pieces they particularly enjoy to share in an event that raises money for scholarships. “There will always be a song that you know well and something you’ve never heard of that becomes a new favorite,” said Judi Cermak, president of the arts council.
Longtime performers include mezzo soprano Amy Ogden of Canandaigua and baritone Mark Darling of Farmington, who does double duty as organizer.
Soprano Nadine Earl Carey, who teaches voice at the City College of New York, will make the drive to Canandaigua for this event. She will perform “A Kiss in the Dark,” from the musical “Orange Blossoms” by Victor Herbert and “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern.
Soprano Sandra Boysen Sluberski, who has taught voice at Hochstein School of Music & Dance, Monroe Community College and Nazareth College, is making her third appearance at Spaghetti Opera. She will perform “A Prayer” from William Schuman’s opera, “The Mighty Casey,” and “Who Wears These Clothes?” from the musical “The Times,” by Brad Ross and Joe Keenan.
Spaghetti Opera supports a scholarship fund for students who pursue the arts in college. The 2017 recipient of the $2,000 Ontario County Arts Council Mariner Family Memorial Arts Scholarship was Emma Sainsbury, a Canandaigua Academy graduate. She was selected for her accomplishment on the clarinet and other wind instruments and is majoring in music education at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. The 2018 scholarship will be given to a second-year Finger Lakes Community College student; information will be available in the spring on the FLCC Foundation’s website at give.flcc.edu.
The Ontario County Arts Council is open to artists and anyone who appreciates art. Members receive regular updates on exhibits, concerts and other events sponsored by the council. To join the arts council, visit ocarts.org and fill out the online form.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Inn on the Lake, 770 South Main St. in Canandaigua. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Tickets, at $40 per person, are available below, or in person at Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery, 71 South Main Street, Canandaigua.