Vocalist Sarah Beaty, a former Aiken resident, will appear in recital at St. John’s United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 14, at 4 p.m.
Beaty, who now lives in Los Angeles, will perform selections of opera and musical theater pieces.
“I’m thrilled about it,” she said. “It’s an exciting opportunity to present my music for my friends and family back home. Ultimately, they are the ones who nurtured me and supported me in this crazy dream.”
Beaty is grateful to her former teacher in Aiken, Catherine Stapleton Nance, for providing a space at St. John’s for her. Stapleton is the church’s director of music ministries.
Kathleen Cartledge, St. Paul Lutheran Church’s music director, will accompany Beaty on the piano. Beaty’s friend, Josh Lipton, is a violinist and will join her on two selections.
Beaty, the daughter of Renee Beaty of Aiken and Frank Beaty of Tampa, Fla., graduated from the Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville. She is also a graduate from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
In 2012, she spent six months professionally in Macau – an administrative region of China. Beaty joined 40 others in performing opera and Italian popular music six days a week.
Her recital will include two well-known songs from “Les Miserables” – “On My Own” and “I Dreamed a Dream.”
Also featured will be “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” from “The Phantom of the Opera,” and selections from “Songs for a New World” by Jason Robert Brown.The operatic performances will be comprised of arias from “Carmen.”
There is no admission to the recital. Donations are welcome at the door to help Beaty cover the costs of the program.
Since moving to Los Angeles, she has continues to establish herself in auditions and has appeared in several operas – among them Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”
In October, she will join a prominent opera company, “The Industry,” for the premier of a new opera, “Invisible Cities” by Chris Correne, also a Manhattan School of Music graduate.
“This is my way of giving back, and it’s also fun for me,” Beaty said. “I hope it’s fun for the audience, too.”