Make a Contribution with Your Voice

Activate your voice today. There are so many people that need a song or a fundraising concert or a consciousness raising concert right now. I have so many friends in Northern California who are suffering from the huge devastation from the fires. They need clothes, undies, shoes, a blanket. I’ll bet you could get together a few friends for a concert to collect these items and get them delivered. Puerto Ricans are still suffering without electricity or running water. A concert of Puerto Rican music, or any kind of music, really could do the trick to provide at least a little help to a few families or a couple of kids. All you have to do is find a worthy not-for-profit group who is doing that work and donate your ticket sales to them. What about the undocumented students at your school? They could use a little awareness from the world about what they are going through right now. Or how about a little truth and beauty to stop people fighting over politics for a few minutes.

Each and every singer needs more performing hours, more fans, more good will in the world. A concert that you give for others benefits both you and others. It is a win-win proposition. I challenge you go to out today and set up a concert for this weekend, or next.

In the spirit of walking the talk, I will organize my voice students at Cal State LA to do the same with their December 2nd Vocal Forum. I’ll let you know how it goes. If you do plan some sort of contribution with your singing, please let us know at susan@smkane.com.

Get out there and put your voice to good use!

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About Susan

Susan Mohini Kane, soprano-professor-author American soprano, Susan Mohini Kane's "crystal-clear voice and impeccable technique" (LA Culture Spot Magazine) has captured audiences in performances of opera, oratorio, art song, and classical cabaret. Kane's solo CD recording: A MOMENT OF JOY, released in 2010 inspired these reviews: “This series of art songs and arias brings phrase after phrase of artful music." (McKinney) Music Web International hails Kane's CD as "a truly inspirational disc." Her second CD, for voice and piano with pianist Sunha Yoon, is an entire playlist of vocalizes for calm and relaxation, was recorded in December 2013, and is due to be released in the fall of 2014. Susan Mohini Kane and pianist, Kristof Van Grysperre, (Kristof and Kane), debuted their classical cabaret show in Ghent, Belgium. Their LA debut was at The Gardenia in Hollywood “where it stunned those in attendance through the sheer musical command of these two performers.” (Cabaret West Newsletter) Please visit www.kristofandkane.com for more information about this performing duo. Kane’s recent orchestral performances include the Brahms' A GERMAN REQUIEM, Dvorak’s TE DEUM, Handel's MESSIAH, Mendelssohn's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and the Saint-Saëns CHRISTMAS ORATORIO for the Bakersfield Symphony, the California Philharmonic, and the Schantz Music Series in Encinitas, CA. Kane's most recent opera roles include Donna Anna in COSI FAN TUTTI by Mozart and Michaëla in LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN adapted from CARMEN by Bizet. Kane maintains a blog on singing, a performing schedule and a private studio as well as being a full professor at CSULA where she teaches voice and directs the opera. Her book, The 21st Century Singer: Bridging the Gap Between the University and the World is due to be published by Oxford University Press in November 2014. For more information please see her website: www.smkane.com.

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