El Paseo Arts Foundation is delighted to host the internationally famous comedic diva Colleen Hughes Mallette on Monday and Tuesday, January 6 and 7, 2020, at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. The High C Diva’s concert is a comedic delight as she tweaks Opera’s sacred cows in her recital spoof “The Lamaze School of Singing Presents: HOW TO BIRTH A SONG!” This is truly a family show with audience participation; and no, you do not need to understand opera or be singer in order to have fun.
Ms. Mallette has over four decades of experience singing professionally and teaching people how to use their voice as an instrument of expression and authority. She is a member of the Voice Faculty at Texas Christian University and has recently been named a Touring Artist for Texas Commission on the Arts. Ms. Mallette has delighted audiences internationally in Opera, Oratorio, Musical Theater, and most recently with her classical spoof: “How to Birth a Song”. Critics have applauded her “rapier wit and mesmerizing voice” (Dallas Observer). She is a favorite with orchestras and is frequently invited to facilitate interactive programming for arts in education nationally. She has performed in over 400 cities in the U.S. and abroad and her innovative approach has been hailed from the Edinburg Fringe Festival in Scotland to the Philly Fringe in Pennsylvania.
The evening of musical comedy includes many beautiful music moments with classical favorites such as “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Puccini, “Les Filles de Cadix” by Delibes, and a little “Carmen.” The musical program also has lighter side when the Diva and her accompanist swing into their piano cabaret jazz style with favorites by Gershwin, Cole Porter, and the favorite “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen.
Ms. Mallette’s equally gifted pianist, Mark Alexander, teaches at St. Mary’s in San Antonio, and has now for several years been a coach and pianist for the esteemed Graz Summer Program for Singers in Austria. The concert includes a lovely classical solo for piano as well by Mr. Alexander.
Ms. Mallette is a best-selling author on Amazon with her recently released new book, THE NEXT ACT: A Handbook on Graduating From Arts and Life! She is active as an inspirational speaker on “Giving Voice to all Life Experiences” and facilitates creativity workshops for a wide variety of audiences.
The evening begins with a cash bar opening at 6:30 P.M., and the curtain goes up on the concert at 7:30 P.M. Tickets for the evening’s entertainment are priced at $30 per person/$25 per person for El Paseo Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, S.O.S., The Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square and online at www.elpaseoarts.org.
“The Lamaze School of Singing Presents: HOW TO BIRTH A SONG!” will be a warm and wonderful evening, and you will leave feeling lighter and brighter…we promise!