Jnai Bridges: A Recital Event to Benefit Washington Alliance of Black School Educators (WABSE)
J'nai Bridges Returns Home for a Recital Performance to Benefit The Washington Alliance of Black School Educators (WABSE)
With a growing reputation as a versatile dynamic singer, rising star American mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges is known for her rich, emotive sound, capable of deep smoky notes or delicate trills, dramatic depth and strong interpretive skills. A member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's prestigious Patrick G.and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, she has been praised by The Chicago Tribune for her "alluring dusky voice" and is quickly becoming one of the most sought after mezzo-sopranos of her generation.
Ms. Bridges's artistry has been recognized with numerous awards. She is the 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, a prize winner at the 2012 and 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Mid-Atlantic District), recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Award 2013 Union League Award , 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant and 2011 winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition. She has also been awarded the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant as the singer with a promising operatic career, the 2009 National Opera Association Legacy Award, first place in the 2008 National Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists, is a 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition winner, and a Leadership 1000 award winner from the College Success Foundation from Washington State.
A native of Lakewood, Washington, J'nai Bridges earned her high school diploma from Charles Wright Academy (2005), Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhatten School of Music(2009) and Master of Music degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music (2012). During the 2013-2014 season, J'nai sang with the Lyric Opera of Chicago mainstage as a Flower maiden in Wagner's Parsifal, Flora in Verdi's La Traviata, and as the 2nd Wood Nymph in Dvorak's Rusalka. In two student matinee performances, she sang Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In addition, she appeared as a soloist for WFMT 98.7's new recital series. Ms. Bridges season ended with performances of Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma with Knoxville Opera,and the title role in Bizet's Carmen for Finger Lakes Opera.
Traveling from New York City, Sakura Myers will accompany J'nai. A concert pianist described by Cornell West as "an artist with hands of steel who performs with passion, poise and panache", Sakura is pleased to join J'nai in this intimate recital as her special guest. Most recently, SAKURA placed second in the Josef Suk International Piano Competition in Prague, Czech Republic, performed as one of three guest artists for "Women of Classical Music" Gala Concert for the national convention of NANM, played with singer Sumayya Ali for the debut collection of designer Nzinga Knight at New York's Fashion Week, the induction of Dr. Cornell West to the faculty of Union Theological Seminary, and acted alongside Clarke Peters and Colman Domingo in Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" (2012).
An Alumnae of Spelman College, SAKURA finished her Bachelor of Music at the College of Charleston as a student of Enrique Graf, and obtained her Master of Music degree from the lauded Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Philip Kawin. She is currently a student of Robert Durso and works closely with her mentor, Ramon Reeberg.
The Washington Alliance of Black School Educators (WABSE, www.wabse.org, works to eliminate the academic achievement and opportunity gaps for all students, particularly for African-American students. WABSE provides culturally specific professional development to educators and interested others, youth development, parent education and scholarship awards to college bound students. WABSE is a 501c3 affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), www.nabse.org. All labor is donated, donations are 100% tax deductible and can be accepted electronically through the WABSE Scholarship Fund, www.gofundme/WABSEScholarship and/or via credit card by contacting WABSE at 253.226.4435/404-696-9691 or making checks payableto WABSE and mail to:
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