Hartford Habitat is pleased to announce our Beloved Community Concert and Build in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All proceeds from the build and concert will benefit the House of Faith that will begin in April 2019. Please click on the Eventbrite logo to purchase tickets. Below are the biographies for celebrated artist.
Margaret Beers, classically trained lyric soprano, has had a life filled with music. She has an extensive repertoire and has performed in the Hartford, CT region and throughout New England. Margaret’s repertoire spans the centuries from Ned Rorem and Gwenyth Walker to George Frideric Handel and Maurice Ravel, including not only art songs and lieder, but also opera arias, operetta and folk songs. As a young girl, Margaret began her singing career in a children’s choir at Saint Alban’s Parish in Washington, DC, and studied voice while in boarding school at Tudor Hall School, Banbury, England. She received her BA from Trinity College, Hartford. While attending Trinity, she studied voice at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. Presently, Margaret is the soprano section leader and a Cantor at Sacred Heart Parish in Suffield, CT.
Several years ago, Margaret founded Trio Cantabile, which consisted of voice, harp and piano. Concert venues include The Town and County Club in Hartford, CT, Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor, CT and The New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT. She studies voice with Myrna Reynolds of Avon, CT and Doris Jung Popper of New York City. Margaret has four grown children, all of whom are involved in music in some capacity, and lives in West Hartford with her cat, Emma.
Cleveland Alexander Williams – Baritone Singing praises of his beautiful archipelago home spans three decades of a professional, international, marketing career in our Ministry of Tourism. Dr. William’s other life’s work is defined by real singing, a vocal vocation. He strives to bring performance and fellow voices to perfection. This is his deeper satisfaction; his Rush. Perhaps a highlight of an astonishing journey so far was producing and directing Scott Joplin’s Opera, Treemonisha, July 2009, to celebrate 36 years of Bahamian Independence.
Indeed a public outcry was raised with demands for more of the same. The Nassau City Opera Company was so born. In the preparation of Porgy and Bess, it became obvious, that Cleveland could easily perform the entire opera and probably other works of the genre, alone as one-man, singing each role in each voice range, male or female. Cleveland confidently produced and artistically directed Nassau City Opera Company in its Inaugural Performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in July 2012 on the occasion of the 38th Anniversary of Bahamian Independence.
Stacy Cahoon, pianist, began her musical life at age five studying violin on Cape Cod. She earned her BM in Piano Performance at UMass Lowell where she developed her love of collaboration, and her MM in Accompanying and Ensemble from the Hartt School of Music. Solo recitals have taken place at Center Church in Hartford, The Unitarian Meeting House in West Hartford, and throughout Cape Cod. As a member of Trio Cantabile,(harp, voice, and piano) she has performed at the Wood Memorial Library and area churches. She is the accompanist for the Travelers Chorale, a post she has held since 1995, and is the rehearsal accompanist for the CitiSingers of Hartford. An independent piano teacher, she also devotes time to performing chamber music with the Musical Club of Hartford, and to composing. Vocal compositions have been performed at Bushnell Hall, and the Hartford Women Composers Festival. She lives in West Hartford, with her husband and one of her musical daughters.
Snow date: January 26 at 7:30pm