Hickory – Please join us on Saturday, August 6th for the next in this year’s series of Hickory Arts house concerts featuring lyric soprano Corey Raquel Lovelace, accompanied by pianist John Coffey. Tickets (“donations,” if you prefer) are $20 and should be purchased online at hickoryarts.com or at Hickory Arts. Please call ahead as we are appointment only. Only 40 seats are available. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm for an eat & greet with the artists. Performance begins at 8 pm.

“I really hope folks will come out to hear Corey and me. I first heard her sing last year when she was preparing for the Heafner-Williams vocal competition and was so astounded by her voice that I immediately invited her to sing and teach at Hickory Arts. It should be a concert at 7:30. Get your tickets now!” said John Coffey.

Hickory Arts House Concerts are very intimate. Volunteers to provide food (“pot luck,” if you prefer) for the performer(s) and guests is strongly encouraged. All proceeds always go directly to the artist(s). No membership or personal invitation required.

Lyric Soprano, Corey Raquel Lovelace completed her Masters in Vocal Performance from DePaul University in Chicago, IL where she studied under world-renowned mezzo-soprano, Jane Bunnell. Mrs. Lovelace’s undergraduate work was completed at North Park University, Chicago, IL. At DePaul, Lovelace performed the roles of Lady Billows in Albert Herring and Chocholka in The Cunning Little Vixon. She placed 3rd in the Graduate Division of the Chicago NATS competition. She performed the role of Donna Anna in American Chamber Opera’s production of Don Giovanni. Corey Raquel also enjoys creating musical performances for the community. One of her most beloved accomplishments is her concert series Mozart & Merlot, where audience members were invited to sip wine while listening to opera and art songs. She is thrilled to be part of Opera Carolina’s 2015-16 Opera Xpress touring company which visits nearly 30,000 students and teachers in the Piedmont area. In addition to performing, Lovelace is a devoted voice teacher. What she loves most is helping her students discover their own voice and style. Mrs. Lovelace’s teaching is rooted in classical technique with strong emphasis on musicianship, allowing her students to sing in a healthy way no matter the vocal style.

John Coffey is an International touring & teaching artist. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Piano lessons—Traditional or Contemporary as well as theory, acting and vocal coaching. He holds a Masters in Piano Performance from Juilliard.

Hickory Arts is the un-studio, a simple, custom, specialized, non-event-driven teaching & production studio dedicated to taking performance artists from point A to point B. The studio is located at 720 Second Avenue SW, Hickory 28602 behind ITP and across from Hickory Optimist Park (where you’ll also find additional parking). For more information about tickets and Hickory Arts, please explore the website or call 828-270-9801.

Photos: Lovelace, at right, with Coffey at piano