Free 90-Minute Mother’s Day Concert with Opera, Piano & Harp

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mothers-day-operaRSVP now for a free Mother’s Day concert of Professional Opera, Piano & Harp followed by a meet-the-artists reception. It’s a perfect afternoon of entertainment for you and your mom, your family or by yourself. 

The Mother’s Day Concert will take place in Belmont Shore Sunday, May 10 at 3 p.m. in Bay Shore Church, 5100 East The Toledo. Free parking lot on the corner of The Toledo & Granada Avenue. Tickets are free (while supplies last), but you must RSVP to

Performers in the Mother’s Day Opera

Jacquelynne Fontaine, soprano

Jacquelynne was Miss California 2006 and a finalist at Miss America where she also garnered the preliminary talent award for her performance of “Vissi d’arte” from Puccini’s Tosca. Ms. Fontaine graduated with her masters of music from the Thornton School of Music with departmental honors and the Order of Arête, the highest honor accorded by USC to graduate students. She has begun doctoral studies. A magna cum laude graduate of California Lutheran University, her previous teachers have included Diann Alexander, and Geraldine Decker of the Metropolitan Opera. She is a current student of Gary Glaze.

Robert MacNeil, tenor

Mr. MacNeil has been praised by the Los Angeles Times for possessing a voice that is “clarion” and “clear.” An accomplished concert artist, the tenor has been soloist in more than fifty performances of Handel’s Messiah . He has soloed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in performances of Elijah , the Sydney Choral Festival in the Berlioz Requiem and in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Central Union Philharmonic in Beijing. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Britten’s The World of the Spirit and appeared in Rome with the Orchestra Roma Symphonia in Verdi’s Requiem. Mr. MacNeil, a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has his B.M. from Chapman University and M.M. from the University of Southern California. At the University of Southern California, he was a Marilyn Horne Scholar and was named Most Outstanding Graduate Student from the Thornton School of Music. He has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, California Philharmonic, Verdi Chorus, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale and more. This summer he will be the tenor soloist at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Jane Grothe, harpist

Ms. Grothe was born in Berlin. She received her first harp lessons at the age of ten and enrolled at the Julius-Stern-Institute for very gifted young students at the University of Arts, Berlin (1993-1996) and at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin (1996-2000). After graduating from high school she became a full-time student at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler.” In July 2002, she finished her undergraduate degree in Berlin, and since September 2003, she has been studying in California. She received her Master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006 and was fortunate to study for one semester at the ‘Royal Academy for Theatre and Music’ in Scotland as a nominee from the California Institute of the Arts. Ms. Grothe is currently a doctorate candidate and teaching assistant at the University of Southern California. Having received many scholarships and won several prizes, she has worked with several celebrated musicians and performed on stages worldwide.

Steven Vanhauwaert, international concert pianist

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique”, Steven Vanhauwaert studied piano in Brussels at the Royal Conservatory with Boyan Vodenitcharov. In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, James Bonn and John Perry at the Thornton School of Music. Apart from classical piano, he also studied jazz and improvisation with Dennis Thurmond. He has appeared in major venues with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, the Flemish Symphony, the USC Symphony, Collegium Instrumentale, the Auburn Symphony, the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra and Prima la Musica, amongst others. In recitals he has appeared in all the major concert halls of Belgium, as well as numerous other prestiguous venues in Bulgaria, Hungary, the US, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Austria, etc.

Mother’s Day Opera Tickets

RSVP NOW to reserve a seat at the free Mother’s Day Opera performance in Belmont Shore at Bay Shore Church. The concert will be held on Sun., May 10 at 3 p.m. Only 450 seats available for this 90-minute performance, followed by a complimentary reception to meet the artists. To RSVP, send an email with your FIRST & LAST name and number of guests in your party to with the word “Opera RSVP” in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation.

All tickets will be held at will-call at the door. Please pick up your tickets at will-call starting one hour before the performance. Tickets not picked up by 10 minutes before the performance will be released. We expect a sold-out performance. Every person entering the theater needs a ticket, regardless of age. Groups welcome. All tickets are general admission. FREE (while supplies last) if RSVP to  Limit four tickets per person. 

The Mother’s Day Concert will take place in Belmont Shore Sunday, May 10 at 3 p.m. in Bay Shore Church, 5100 East The Toledo. Free parking lot on the corner of The Toledo & Granada Ave. All are welcome. Limit four tickets per person. For more information visit

The event is hosted by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT) and is supported, in whole, by funds raised at the Long Beach Turkey Trot and Haute Dog Parades.

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