Company spreading opera on the South Side

June 11, 2009 (CHICAGO) So far they have been successful.

The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago. They're taking their talent into the community. Dr Marvin Lynn is the founder.

"When you go to the opera you don't often hear our folks singing on the stage, and so we wanted to create a vehicle to create more opportunities for African-American opera singers," Lynn said.

"They offer opportunities to local artists and I'm a local artist. I've lived here all of my life. I've traveled here and there, but I am a Chicago-based, home-based girl," said Joelle Lamarre, a soprano.

"They should be applauded for what they're doing especially in our community. And at that price you can't beat it-- free," said baritone Kirk Walker.

"I think it's an awesome opportunity. Anytime that I can help to educate our public, that is very important, and that's what we're doing," said Anisha McFarland, a soprano.

Concerts are held at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore, which is provided free to the opera company.

"It's really exciting," said coloratura soprano Elizabeth Norman Sojourner. "We're often in other cities and other towns and our experiences are taking us away from each other, so to come home and be in our own neighborhood and to be together, it's a great joy."

Members of the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago, some opera singers you should know. And you should know that their next concert will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 5:30 at the cultural center. Admission is free.

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