Aperitivi Presents Election Day Mini-Concert

By Chris Ruel

On November 3, the people of the United States head to the polls for a crucial presidential election. While the world waits with bated breath for the vote tallies to roll in, Aperitivi will present a mini-concert at 7:00 p.m. ET, featuring a program comprised of BIPOC and women composers.

The concert will stream on Aperitivi’s Facebook page and is scheduled to last 30 minutes.

“We were initially nervous about presenting a concert on the weekend after Election Day, given that’s where our normal timeline falls. After some thought, we decided to use it as an opportunity to lift underrepresented voices, and that’s how we came up with the idea of featuring women and BIPOC composers. We solved the timing issue by streaming on Election Day itself, to give people a reprieve from the news coverage,” Spaeth wrote in an email to OperaWire.

Founded in July 2020, Aperitivi presents virtual, musical “cocktail hours,” inviting attendees to pour themselves a drink of choice and enjoy sopranos Rachel Hanauer and Caroline Spaeth singing themed programs from Broadway to Bel Canto. Hanauer and Spaeth include discussions about the music as part of Aperitivi’s programming. The bite-sized concerts stream on the company’s Facebook page every two weeks, and replays are available on-demand.

Joining the two sopranos is prolific young composer Felix Jarrar and rising mezzo-soprano Stephanie Feigenbaum. Spaeth will sing “Where from the Eye of Day” from Jarrar’s opera “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The aria is presented as part of Jarrar’s Black Lives Matter Movement initiative. Feigenbaum, joined by pianist John Cuk, will perform works by the Boulanger sisters, while Hanauer presents songs by Florence Price and Jeanine Tesori.

A portion of the concert’s donations will go to the Okra Project, which provides meals to members of the Black Trans Community in need.