On the first weekend in June, trans singer/songwriter Shea Freedom will be bringing his unique musical styling to the Pyro Arts And Music Festival at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville. The appearance is part of a national tour on which he is embarking prior to undergoing top surgery, a surgical procedure during which his breasts will be removed so that his body will be more in alignment with his male identity.
What do the life of legendary activist Sylvia Rivera, the Lavender Scare firings of the 1950s, and the words of social work legend Jane Addams have in common? If you answered, “They’re all represented in songs on a new album of choral work,” you are not only a savant guesser, but you are also correct!
Lacey Jo Benter is a Julliard-trained, budding dramatic soprano opera singer who’s originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and currently resides in Los Angeles. She is performing the role of Alice in the world premiere production of Opera Columbus’ and ProMusica’s “The Flood,” running this weekend only at the Southern Theatre.