Viaggio: A Transatlantic Love Affair
Benefit Concert for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention highlights songs from the heart of Italy and America at Pennington United Methodist Church
Operatic mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro and pianist Lynda Saponara have joined forces to present Viaggio: A Transatlantic Love Affair, a recital of Italian and American music. ll proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
This cultural event was inspired by Renfro's recent experiences living in Florence, Italy where she performed in last season's prestigious Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. "Everyone says that Italy is beautiful, but I wasn't prepared for how completely I would fall in love with that country, while at the same time being homesick for America". Saponara, an Italian-American, heard and played Italian music from a very young age, and was excited to bring that music into recital form. These classically trained musicians have performed extensively in Europe and the United States, and have created a program of songs that expresses their passion for both Italy and America.
Pennington United Methodist Church has been a long-time supporter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This organization raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.