Leona Mitchell, Soprano
Fifth Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala
“One of the most gorgeous voices in the world.”
—The Boston Globe
Grammy Award winning soprano Leona Mitchell is one of America’s most beloved and celebrated sopranos, having spent 18 seasons as a leading spinto soprano at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Her program will feature works by Handel, Rodrigo, Duparc, Dvorak, Satie, Bizet and more, and will be followed by a reception. She will be joined by pianist Nancy Beith.
A reception will follow the performance.
Proceeds from the David W. Smith Gala will support an annual scholarship for a young vocalist pursuing education at UMBC. David W. Smith, a magnificent tenor and passionate teacher at the university, touched many lives before his untimely passing in 2009; the Gala honors his life as an artist and his commitment to teaching. Information about the scholarship can be found at https://davidwsmithvocalscholarship.umbc.edu.
General Admission: $75 (fair market value $22)
UMBC Alumni: $50 (FMV $22)
UMBC Music Alumni: $25 (FMV $25)
All tickets include admission to the post-concert reception.
Funds raised will be administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC Music. Proceeds from the event will benefit the David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts. Your contribution above the Fair Market Value (FMV) may be tax deductible.
Tickets may be purchased at http://alumni.umbc.edu/smithgala2019.
Online ticket sales will close at midnight on September 27. (Tickets may be available at the door, cash or check only — please contact the Department of Music after September 27 at 410-455-2942.) All tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call for pick up the day of the event. General questions about the event may be directed to Lisa Cella.
UMBC Music Alumni Gathering: September 28, 3:30 p.m. in the Music Box
Music alumni, with your ticket purchase we invite you to join us and your fellow alumni for a pre-concert reception. Reconnect with old friends, make new friends, network and more! Not only can you see this amazing concert, but also you will be invited to attend a Leona Mitchell masterclass on Monday, September 30th at 6 p.m. to hear two of our David Smith scholars as well as students from Towson University and the University of Maryland, College Park coached on operatic arias! Don’t miss this performance weekend!
Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where Linehan Concert Hall is located — please visit here for additional information.
Photo: Yousef Khanfar