Artists for Humanity singers will perform to benefit Meals on Wheels

Since 2004, the Artists for Humanity singers — all professionally trained in classical music — have donated their time and talents to help others.

They've put on shows for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity, the Samaritan Project, HPH Hospice and two cancer patients.

Tonight, they say "It's a Grand Night for Singing" to help Meals on Wheels, the Pasco County program that provides home-delivered meals to elderly residents.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School on Hays Road in Hudson.

"Melody was the catalyst for this," said Dolores Riego de Dios, founder of the group. She's referring to Melody Ossi, a lyric soprano who will sing Summertime from Porgy and Bess and the dramatic Point of No Return from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera with David Groomes, a member of Spanish Lyric Theatre.

"We're hoping to fill 500 seats," Ms. Riego de Dios said. "This is professional entertainment, not amateur night. The people who have heard us want us to do it again. We have a following."

Other performers are Becky Groomes, a former Miss Pasco, who will do The Song That Never Ends from Spamalot.

She's the daughter of Barbara Friedman, former president of Heritage Arts Center and producer of the Spotlight on Talent competition held in Dade City each year, who will be one of the accompanists for the show. The other is the Rev. Bradley Stevens.

Mother and daughter will do a piano duet of classical music.

Ms. Ossi, Ms. Groomes and Ms. Riego de Dios will join for a rousing rendition of the World War II-era Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.

Also on the program is Tom Workman, who will do Nessun Dorma from Turandot and Serenade from The Student Prince.

Other performers are Sylvana Olding, who will do Moonlight Serenade and You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel; Melissa Misener of Tampa Opera, who will be joined by Ms. Ossi in the Flower Duet from Lakme; and Alejandro "Alex" Castillo, who plays Spanish guitar.

Ms. Riego de Dios will sing Don't Cry for Me Argentina from Evita and the Irving Berlin favorite, Always.

Included in the ticket price will be gourmet coffees and treats by caterer Vickie West, with party setting by Gerri Hall.

if you go

Artists for

Humanity presents:

"It's a Grand Night for Singing"

Where: Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Tickets: $15, open seating, includes coffee and sweets. Call (352) 588-4058 or (813) 992-5738, or buy at the door.

Artists for Humanity singers will perform to benefit Meals on Wheels 09/23/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:43pm]

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