Worth More than Two Grand

By Richard Mineards   |   June 3, 2021
Susan Torrey, Kostis Protopapas, Mercedes Millington, and Joan Rutkowski (Photo by Priscilla)

It was all two grand for words when Roger and Sarah Chrisman, just back from their home in Indian Wells after six months of lockdown, opened the doors of their charming Ennisbrook home for a concert by singers from Opera Santa Barbara’s Chrisman Young Artists Program.

Newly engaged couple Gretchen Lieff and Miles Hartfeld with hostess Sarah Chrisman (Photo by Priscilla)

A pair of grand pianos, a Steinway and a Baldwin, were set up, side by side with Tim Accurso, OSB’s official accompanist, and general director Kostis Protopapas pounding the ivories in an entertaining segment after soprano Brooklyn Snow, tenor Matt Greenblatt, and mezzo soprano Max Potter performed pieces from a forthcoming concert at the Center Stage Theater on June 5 and 6.

“Although we have been continuing our work during the pandemic lockdown, it has given the young artists more opportunity to concentrate on their new work in other arias,” Accurso explained.

Among those getting a sneak peek were Dan and Meg Burnham, Joan Rutkowski, Mercedes Millington, Ian and Julie Schwartz, Robert Weinman, Miles Hartfeld and Gretchen Lieff, John and Renee Demourkas, and Layna Chianakas.


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