Choral Duo Teams up for Dressed In Black Concert June 7

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dressed-in-blackWhat do a love of music and the board game “Scrabble” have to do with the upcoming concert, “Dressed in Black”?

Apparently everything, according to singers Meredith Kennedy and Nancy Pfeffer. Both are members of the Long Beach Camerata Singers, a sixty member community choir, in which Meredith sings soprano and Nancy sings alto. Vocally they complement each other, with Meredith usually singing melody (sopranos always hog the melody) and Nancy ’s lovely contralto providing her own unique harmonization.

“Meredith loves to play “Scrabble” and had sent out an e-mail to her fellow choir members wondering if anyone wanted to meet before rehearsals for food and a few games,” Nancy states. “I responded with a yes; and a friendship was born.”

“We started with “Scrabble” and then moved on to our love of music and started singing together outside of the choir,” adds Meredith. “What started out as rehearsing and just the joy of singing has turned into a CD and now a concert.”

Meredith, a tall blond with abundant energy and varied interests; and Nancy, the polished professional with a dazzling smile and quiet humor; may seem at first to be an odd pairing. Meredith lives in multi locations, has multi jobs and careers, and is single; Nancy lives in Long Beach with her husband, and one ‘regular’ job.

“I tend to keep a little busy,” Meredith acknowledges. “One of my friends calls my life the ‘Meredithlogue’ as in ‘travelogue’, since I’m always traveling, and I tend to have a dozen projects going on at once. Thank heavens Nancy ’s strong hold on normalcy keeps me focused.”

“It’s true,” Nancy confirms. “When the idea for a CD and a concert first came up Meredith was in Africa teaching.” The concert ‘Dressed in Black’ is the result of months of planning, rehearsing, recording, and laughing. The CD will be available for purchase at the concert as well, and will also be available on ‘’

“We’re having a great time,” Meredith states. “We have wonderful instrumentalists accompanying us, as well as an eight member choir. The concert includes some of our favorite music from classical to original compositions, to movie tunes, and love songs. Two songs are world premiers by composer David Avshalomov, with lyrics I wrote while sitting in an airport in Egypt . We’re also singing an Elvish song from Lord of the Rings, arranged for duet, choir and strings, and the addition of the harp gives the whole thing a delightfully other-world quality. Add in a little humor, a pink cowboy hat, some photo montages, and it will be a night of music and laughter.”

Disclaimer from Nancy : “I thought we agreed that awful hat was OUT.”

The Dressed in Black concert will also benefit two local charities: EFBC’s Feline Conservation Center , also known as the “Cat House” in Rosamond , CA; and The Friends of Long Beach Animals. These organizations are near and dear to both Nancy and Meredith. There will be a donation box at the concert to encourage additional tax deductible donations for either or both of the charities, and all guests are invited for a reception after the program.

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