Thursday, August 15, at 8 p.m. — Where Go the Boats? at Historic Palace Theatre (Adults $15/Students $8). Opera with Anna Sterrett accompanied by Oksana Lutsyshyn. Water songs of Quilter, Schubert, Faure, Stravinsky, Hoiby and Lego.
A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Soprano Anna Sterrett is quickly distinguishing herself as a consummate singing actress. She is characterized by her uniquely warm timbre, fearless coloratura, and charismatic stage presence. These gifts combine to make her particularly suited for Bellini, Donizetti, Mozart, and Richard Strauss.
Ms. Sterrett is equally at home on the concert stage where she has performed the works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Gonoud, and Ravel to critical acclaim. She has also garnered respect as an interpreter of new music having premiered the role of Corrie in Ernst Bacon’s A Tree on the Plains and James Lego’s Two Songs of the Sea, which she will perform in the University of North Carolina’s New Music Festival next month.
Recent appearances of Ms. Sterrett include Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte¸ a role in which she will reprise with Opera Roanoke in October.
By GEORGE SOUTHERN
Cape Charles Wave
August 15, 2013
A demand by a state authority that the Town of Cape Charles return an $18,000 grant has been overturned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The controversy surrounded the purchase by the Town of 20 computers with federal block grant money. Following an anonymous complaint to a HUD fraud hotline claiming that the computers were not available to the public, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development conducted an investigation.
As a result of the investigation, the Virginia DHCD required the Town to return the grant money. Town Manager Heather Arcos appealed the decision April 25, declaring that “An erroneous statement made by an unidentified person does not change the facts. Obviously, the library is not open yet and the computer lab is not open in its normal fulltime schedule right now, so therefore would appear to be unoccupied.”
The DHCD then made another unscheduled site visit May 1, finding the computer lab still not accessible to the public. The DHCD reiterated its demand that the Town return the grant money. [Read more…]