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July 12, 2013

Fundraising concert features mix of classical, current music

JOPLIN, Mo. — Healey Grant originally wanted to do this concert in the San Francisco area. But after moving to the Joplin area with her family, she got the opportunity to put it together here.

"Everything has fallen into place," Grant said. "Sure, there's been a lot of work, but things I was expecting to be difficult have been easy."

"God, Life, Love!" features the soprano Grant, pianist John Chen and strings ensemble Golden Spectra. The recital will be a long program of short selections featuring hymns and other songs, including selections from musicals such as "Wicked" and "Les Miserables."

The mix of music gives Grant, a member of a "more hip church," the opportunity to sing more classical numbers that may not be featured in more modern venues, she said.

The program features Bellini pieces such as "La Farfalletta" and "Vanne, O Rosa Fortunate."

Modern songs include "For Good" from the musical "Wicked," and "On My Own" from "Les Miserables." They are part of a section in the program devoted to love in all its forms, Grant said.

The concert will be a fundraiser for Life Choices Medical Center, which offers pregnancy services and other confidential services such as STD testing and community referrals. It runs clinics in Joplin and Carthage.

Grant has studied opera around the world, including the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Bay Area Summer Opera Institute in San Francisco. She has sung roles in operas such as "Cosi Fan Tutte," "Amelia al Ballo," "Die Fledermaus" and "La Boheme."

Want to go?

"God, Life, Love," a fundraising concert for Life Choices Medical Center, will be held at 7 p.m. today at College Heights Christian Church, located at 4311 Newman Road. The concert is free; donations for Life Choices will be taken. Details: 417-277-8748.

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