IlluminArts 8th Anniversary Gala Celebration
November 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Salon del Sentinel
at Three Tequesta Point
IlluminArts debuted on the Miami cultural scene on November 10, 2013. We have collaborated with prominent institutions in the community to tell stories through art and music including the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Bass Museum of Art, Lowe Art Museum, de la Cruz Collection, Bakehouse Art Complex, ICA Miami and Oolite Arts. We are grateful for the support of the community, and it has been a joy to present performances of the highest caliber to Miami’s community for the last eight years.
The 8 Year Anniversary Celebration festivities will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a special musical performance by the dynamic, fearless, and stunning soprano Melissa Wimbish, who last performed with IlluminArts at ICA Miami in Paulo Nazareth: Uprising in October 2019.
Plan ahead! The last day to purchase tickets for this event is November 11, 2021.
General Admission: $30
IlluminArts Member: $15
Two selections from Songs of Lament and Praise by Gilda Lyons
I. Eve's Lament
II. Deirdre’s Lament
Two selections from Eve-Song by Jake Heggie
“If I ...” from Four Dickinson Songs by Lori Laitman
“Sence You Went Away” from Nightsongs by H. Leslie Adams
“Ride on, King Jesus!” arr. by Hall Johnson
“Saying Goodbye” from How to Get Heat Without Fire by Tom Cipullo
“Fugitive” from Of a Certain Age byTom Cipullo
“The Pocketbook” from How to Get Heat Without Fire byTom Cipullo
“Les chemins de l’amour” by Frances Poulenc
In the world-premiere of Josephine, “... the afternoon belonged to Melissa Wimbish, who was creating the role of Josephine Baker ... Beautifully prepared, vocally stunning, and theatrically riveting, Wimbish effortlessly held the audience in her hand throughout this one-woman show.” (Washington Post) In 2016, she made her Carnegie Hall debut after winning the NATS Artist Award. Career highlights include Mysteries of the Macabre with Baltimore Symphony, History Teacher in Paul’s Case at the Prototype Festival, Nimue in Camelot with Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Carmina Burana with Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center.
Her work is relentless in variety, spanning classical, contemporary, and popular styles. In the 2020-21 season, Wimbish self-directed a groundbreaking recital for INVISION's recital series, sang the lead role in Melissa Dunphy’s Gonzales Cantata, and debuted Pamina in The Magic Flute, set to a revamped script and libretto by an all-Black creative team. This season, Melissa will debut with Vermont Symphony, present at Yellow Barn’s Chamber Music Residency, and perform the role of Stella- Rondo in Why I Live at the P.O. with UrbanArias. She co-leads Baltimore pop duo Outcalls who were recipients of the 2021 Baker Artist Award.
Jenny Snyder has worked extensively throughout the Americas as a pianist, music director, and composer in classical and musical theatre settings. Born on the island of Guam, she began studying piano at the age of five and made her concerto debut at age 11. At 12 she made her solo recital debut and took the position as harpsichordist for the Black Hills Chamber Music Society. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from the Eastman School of Music under Ms. Nelita True, and pursued graduate studies there in accompanying and chamber music with Dr. Jean Barr. Ms. Snyder received Eastman's Excellence in Accompanying Award in both 2001 and 2002 for her performances with students and faculty members. She has since been an accompanist to a wide variety of musicians from professional whistler Jason Serinus (the voice of Woodstock in Peanuts movies) to renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, with whom she has appeared in concert and on film.
Although trained as a classical pianist, Ms. Snyder has enjoyed a career in musical theatre venues as a coach and music director. She also takes a special interest in new music has worked with many distinguished contemporary composers including John Zorn, John Adams, and Steve Reich, on whose premier recording of The Desert Music (2001 chamber version) she is featured playing synthesizer. Ms. Snyder has lived in Miami since 2005 when she joined the staff of Florida International University’s School of Music as a vocal accompanist and coach. She is currently a collaborative pianist for myriad musicians, including those at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. She is the music director at St. John’s on the Lake United Methodist Church and the pianist, High Holiday conductor, and music educator at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, where her original compositions and arrangements are performed regularly.