Maria Wirries in concert to benefit Haiti
Fifteen-year-old soprano Maria Wirries, a sophomore and honor student at Manatee School for the Arts, will perform in a concert to benefit Haiti, on Sun., April 14 at 4 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Sarasota. All proceeds from the concert will go directly to support Faith Lutheran's mission in Haiti.
Born in Haiti and raised in the United States, Wirries is a talented and sought-after performer; she will be accompanied by Alan Jay Corey on piano. The duo will perform Broadway tunes and contemporary songs in a 75-minute concert followed by a meet-the-artist reception.
Faith Lutheran has a longstanding relationship with Haiti, and over the years has provided financial and medical support, as well as provided computers and sports equipment for young children. In addition to its work through The Lazarus Project, the church works in ministry to support the Little Church of Jesus, an orphanage in Haiti for physically challenged young children. The concert will include a short video presentation about Faith’s work in Haiti.
In 2012, Wirries performed with Gloria Musicae in Italy at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival, where her singing was greeted with great enthusiasm from audiences. The young singer has performed locally with the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra Jazz Ensemble; she also sings with the Schola Cantorum at St. Boniface Episcopal Church.
As an accompanist, Alan Jay Corey has performed with international ballet companies, the Chicago White Sox and the Florida Theater Conference. He also is a musical director and has directed over 100 productions throughout southwest Florida, including musicals at the Van Wezel and the Sarasota Opera — where he was Artistic Director of the Sarasota Youth Opera. He sings at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, as well, and is the pianist for Gloria Musicae.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at faithsarasota.com, at the church during business hours or at the door the day of the event, pending availability of tickets.
Faith Lutheran Church is located at 7750 Beneva Road in Sarasota; for more information, visit the website or call 941-924-4664.