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Westport Church Hosts Songs Of The Heart

Harpist Wendy Kerner, soprano Marjorie Donalds, baritone Steve Magnuson, and pianist Joe Mennonna will be featured at the Songs of the Heart concert.
Harpist Wendy Kerner, soprano Marjorie Donalds, baritone Steve Magnuson, and pianist Joe Mennonna will be featured at the Songs of the Heart concert. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Songs of the Heart – a concert of love songs to benefit the Connecticut Chapter of ALS Association will be from 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport.

The concert will feature harpist Wendy Kerner, soprano Marjorie Donalds, baritone Steve Magnuson and pianist Joe Mennonna in a concert of songs, including musical theater selections, standards, contemporary hits and operatic hits. There will be a reception following the show.

The Connecticut Chapter of the ALS Association serves the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in our community.

Kerner performs regularly in a number of chamber ensembles, and she is the principal harpist with the Bridgeport, Norwalk and Ridgefield symphonies.

She also is an adjunct professor of harp at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, and maintains an active private teaching studio with harp students of all ages in Wilton.

Donalds’ professional career in theater includes singing the role of Grizabella in the national tour of "Cats." She has appeared in theaters around the country, and her solos with orchestra include performances with the Allentown Symphony and Norwalk Symphony.

Donalds is the director of music and resident cantor at St. Mary Church in Greenwich.

Magnuson's appearances at major venues include Lincoln Center, The Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony, Portland Opera, New York Regional Theatre, Broadway, Utah Opera, Greenwich Choral Society, International Opera of Rome, The Jerome Hines Gala, The Salzburg Festival in Austria, several professional baseball and basketball arenas, symphonies and television.

Mennonna is a Grammy-nominated producer and also a composer and arranger for movie features, documentaries and industrial presentations. He has toured and recorded with Vanessa Williams, Kevin Bacon, Don McClean, Ian Gillan and many others.

There will be a reception following the coscert. Suggested donations are $20, $40 family.

For more information, call 203-227-2728 or visit http://makingadifferencewithsong.eventbrite.com .

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