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"Music, Bri, and Tea" a Pop-Up Meet & Greet Recital at Steinway Piano Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland

"This isn't your great Grandma's Opera Recital."

 




Award-winning classical singer, and Montgomery County resident, Bridgette "Bri" Cooper, has been named a Maryland State Arts Council Touring Artist. The grant provides a unique opportunity for Ms. Cooper to bring opera to the people across the state of Maryland. "As a touring artist, I can lean into my mission of inspiring, educating, and entertaining audiences about opera". Ms. Cooper goes on to explain "This will not be your great Grandma's opera recital! For those of you that think opera is a bit outdated, I am on a mission to connect opera with audiences like never before. Reconceptualizing what opera is and what it means to audiences across a variety of socio-economic lifestyles, including performing an aria written by Bri that has never been heard before in public". This prestigious honor recognizes her outstanding contributions to the arts in Maryland and her ability to bring her talent to audiences throughout the state.





Bri Cooper will celebrate the announcement by showcasing her talent with a pop-up recital "micro-recital" entitled Music, Bri, and Tea on June 24, 2023, at 12 PM at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. The recital will feature popular light classical selections and the world premiere of an aria she wrote with composer Peter Candela from her show Adventures of an Operatic Dame. She will be accompanied by renowned pianist and Montgomery County resident, Glenn Pearson. "I am incredibly honored to be recognized as a Maryland Arts Council Touring Artist," said Cooper. "I have always been passionate about music, and being able to share my talent with audiences throughout Maryland in such an intimate way is truly a dream come true."



Cooper's performance is not to be missed, as her powerful voice and expressive delivery have captivated audiences around the world. She has performed with the National Broadway Tour Show Boat, American Theater of Harlem's Picnic and Raisin in the Sun, and some of the most prestigious orchestras, and opera companies in the United States and Europe. She is the host of the on-demand streaming show and podcast Harbour for the Arts and received several awards of excellence for her singing including the Paul Robeson Award, Bel Canto Award of Chicago, YWCA Award of New York, and Meistersinger Award in Austria. Ms. Cooper was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year as a music educator in DCPS, 2019 Mentor of the Year for her work in Montgomery County with young adults with intellectual and physical challenges, and was a former MCPS PTA President.


The pop-up recital is also an opportunity for music lovers to enjoy a unique experience. A musical concept created by Cooper that combines the elegance of classical music with the casual atmosphere of a pop-up tea shop. The event promises to be a delightful afternoon of music, tea, and conversation.


Tickets for the pop-up recital are limited to 60 guests, and advance booking is required. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Bridgette Cooper's website Events | bricoopermezzo



About Bridgette Cooper:

Bridgette Cooper is a member of several music organizations as well as the Bahamian American Association of Washington DC and the Mid-Atlantic Region, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has performed with some of the most prestigious orchestras and opera companies in the world including the Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Charleston Opera, American Theater of Harlem, LiveEnt National Broadway Tours, and more. Cooper has also been recognized for her talent by numerous organizations, including the Maryland State Arts Council, District of Columbia Arts and Humanities, the Paul Robeson Award, Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition, and 2019 Mentor of the Year from SEEC, a Montgomery County non-profit, to name a few. In 2018 and 2020 Bri ran for U.S. Congress bringing awareness to the impact of the arts in our communities and the need for continued funding.


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