Maureen McGovern heads to Providence

Maureen McGovern heads to Providence

The Westerly Sun

PROVIDENCE — Grammy nominee Maureen McGovern will join members of the Narragansett Bay Chorus and the Coastline Show Chorus, along with senior quartet champions, Trade Secret and award-winning mixed quartet, Beantown Buds, for a special American A Cappella show on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. at the McVinney Auditorium at 43 Dave Gavitt Way in Providence.

Multi-Grammy nominee, Broadway and recording artist, McGovern continues to thrill audiences with a voice that defies categorization. Known as “The Stradivarius Voice,” McGovern’s career includes more than 45 years of recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, radio and songwriting. Her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure,” garnered her first Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist,” and her solo album “The Pleasure of His Company,” with Emmy/Grammy-winning, jazz pianist, Mike Renzi, earned her second Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal.” She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning “Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers.” Other hits include, “Can You Read My Mind” from Superman, the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno” and “Different Worlds” from the TV series “Angie.” In addition to hearing her music in films and on television, McGovern played the role of Sr. Angelina in the iconic comedy films “Airplane!” and “Airplane II: The Sequel” and Rachel in “Joseph: King of Dreams” with Ben Affleck.

McGovern made her Broadway debut in 1981 as Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance” and went on to star as Luisa in “Nine” and Polly Peachum in “3 Penny Opera” with Sting. In 2005, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as Marmee in “Little Women, The Musical” on Broadway. She reprised her role as Marmee in the National Tour of “Little Women” and starred as Anna in the Broadway Revival Tour of “The King and I.” In addition, McGovern has performed in numerous regional theater productions including “The Lion in Winter,” “Dear World,” “Of Thee I Sing,” “Guys and Dolls” and her one-woman musical memoir, “Carry It On,” among others.

Her recent PS Classics CD, “A Long and Winding Road,” has been praised by The New York Times as “…a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960’s to the early 70’s. McGovern’s vocal technique is second to none.” Maureen’s current release, “You Raise Me Up – A Spiritual Journey,” is an intimate yet powerful recording. McGovern says, “We are all a part of something much greater than ourselves and connected to each other soul to soul. Listen with your heart.”

For 35 years, Maureen has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a volunteer, performer, board member, vice president, and chairperson of the record-breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and New York City Telethon co-host for six years. She supports music therapy and has been an artist spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001. She is currently a board member of Medicine and the Arts/Humanism in Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

“What raises McGovern above most other artists in her stylistic arena is her unique combination of a natural vocal ability, knowledgeable musicality and an amiable manner…a world class vocal artist.”– Los Angeles Times

The Narragansett Bay Chorus is the performing unit of the Providence Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society - the largest male singing organization in the world. Competitively, the chorus has been the society’s district winner on 15 separate occasions. Based in the Greater Providence area since 1949, the Narragansett Bay Chorus is a premier chorus that sings popular music a cappella in four-part harmony. They perform, primarily in the New England area, but have also performed in England, Canada, and across the United States. Membership includes men of all ages from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

The Coastline Show Chorus, formerly the Mount Hope Bay Chorus, was founded by three friends closely involved with barbershop singing. What began as a small group of 11 women in Warren, has blossomed into a chorus of over 60 members, including women from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine. Based in Providence, the Coastline Show Chorus is one of more than 600 chapters of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of more than 26,000 women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.

Tickets for American A Cappella featuring Maureen McGovern are $50 for orchestra seats, $40 for first dress circle and $25 for second dress circle and may be purchased by calling 401-437-6043.


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