The Hot Springs Music Club’s 2022-23 season will open at 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at Hope Church, 836 Shady Grove Road, club president Tom Bolton recently announced.
There will be performances by vocal duo Jolene Williams and Gay Strakshus, flautist Shelley Martin, the HSMC Ladies Ensemble under Bolton’s direction, and a “special appearance by nationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko of Hot Springs “, according to a press release. .
Mesko, a Hot Springs native, attended Lakeside High School. “She has been acclaimed in major newspaper reviews for her ‘rich mezzo soprano’ voice and musicianship,” the statement read. Mesko is known for her performance of the title role in “Carmen” at the Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Opera Theater of Saint Louis. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera in Rodelinda (Eduige), Semiramide (Arsace), Carmen (Mercédès), Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Dame) and Il Trovatore (Ines). She made her European debut in Paris in Armide by Lully (La Sagesse/Sidonie).
Each year, the club presents free music programs to the public and awards music scholarships to Garland County students pursuing a music education. HSMC also sponsors a Junior Music Festival each year where young participants perform and receive written feedback from a trained judge.
Future public performances will take place on October 16, with OBU Percussion Ensemble; November 13, with American music; on January 15, featuring the Hot Springs High Dance Troupe; and on March 12, with The Village Chorale and Brazilian music from Elsen Portugal.
“We will celebrate National Music Week the first week of May and present our Student Achievement Recital on May 7,” the statement read.
The club’s mission is “to promote the musical culture of its members and to foster in the community an increased knowledge and love of good music. HSMC has been affiliated since its founding in 1951 with the National Federation of Music and Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs.”
For more information on membership, visit http://www.hotspringsmusicclub.com.