For the fourth year in a row, the Musical Artists (AGMA) will be holding a benefit concert to help cover basic living expenses for artists who are in severe financial need. The concert will feature members of the Washington National Opera Chorus and will take place Jan. 20 at 4 p.m., at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. AGMA represents vocalists, dancers and opera and ballet production staff.
The arts are disproportionately affected by economic uncertainty. Because of the economic uncertainty in recent years, many artists have either less work or no work at all in their fields. Not only is this a tragedy for individuals and their families, it is a tremendous loss for the community. Recognizing the impact of this loss, singers from the Washington National Opera Chorus and other area musicians will join together for a fourth year to volunteer their time and talent for the AGMA Relief Fund Benefit Concert. Previous concerts have raised almost $20,000 for the relief fund.
The concert will celebrate music of the United States. The show's director is Maestro Steven Gathman, conductor and chorus master of the Washington National Opera. The Washington National Opera Chorus will perform a program that includes opera choral works from George Gershwin, Mark Fax and Carlisle Floyd; spiritual and folk song arrangements by Carol Barnett, Stephen Paulus, James Erb and Moses Hogan; as well as works by Samuel Barber, Nico Muhly and others.
Those who wish to donate to the fund can do so online.