The first Coffee Concert of the season will feature a vocalist and pianist performing Hispanic music on Sunday.
Mezzo soprano Judy DiGregorio and pianist Vera Maya will perform Ladino folk songs from Sephardic Jews and works by composers such as Valverde, Granados, Dominguez, Lara, Grever, Sanchez de Fuentes, Padilla, and Lecuona, a press release said.
It’s the first Coffee Concert of the season for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, and it starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 26, at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge.
Both DiGregorio and Maya have been active in musical circles in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, a press release said. DiGregorio is a charter member of the Knoxville Opera Chorus, former member of Varying Degrees, and a current member of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Parish Choir in Oak Ridge.
Maya was born in Havana, Cuba, and received her music degree from the Havana Music Conservatory. She has performed with Chamber music groups at many Coffee Concerts. She will discuss the roots of Sephardic music and provide background on the origin of Hispanic music and its different styles.
The public is invited to this free event, which is both educational and musical, the press release said. Light refreshments will be served.