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Paramount Chamber Players present 'The Undiscovered'

Submitted by Craig Combs • Sep 22, 2018 at 4:30 PM

In one of its most unusual offerings, The Paramount Chamber Players will present “Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman” by Alan Louis Smith in four Tri-Cities venues later this month.

Taken from the daily journal of Margaret Ann Alsip Frink, the text tells the story of her journey with her family across the American continent in 1850 during the California Gold Rush. Playing the part of Frink is mezzo soprano Hannah Dishman, a Bristol native returning from New York City to perform in the Tri-Cities. The show will also include music featuring the oboe and bassoon, a discovery of sound and color.

The first performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport. Other local performances will follow at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City; and at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Paramount Center in Bristol. The fourth and final performance, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, is part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon.

Tickets for all three Tri-Cities performances are available at the door for $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Tickets for the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series performance on Sunday afternoon are available at the door for $10. Students are admitted free at all venues.

Dishman, a Virginia High School graduate, received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music in 2014 and 2016. She was recipient of a scholarship for both her degrees by the Birgit Nilsson Foundation. Dishman made her professional debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist in 2016 where she covered the role of Firdaus Noman in the world premiere of “Shalimar the Clown” (Salman Rushdie, Jack Perla). She was invited back for a second season at OTSL in 2017 to perform the role of Ruthie Joad in Ricky Ian Gordon’s “The Grapes of Wrath” and covered Annio in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito.” Dishman was a featured soloist in the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts’ Schwab Vocal Rising Stars recital series titled “Four Islands” as a part of New York Festival of Song. Other credits include Count Orlofsky from “Die Fledermaus,” Melloe from Cavalli’s “La Doriclea,” Third Lady and Third Spirit from “Die Zauberflöte,” Mrs. Segstrom from Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” Meg March from Adamo’s “Little Women” and Meg Page from Verdi’s “Falstaff.”

In addition to Dishman, the group also welcomes guest artists Zachary Millwood, bassoon, and Larry Mueller, oboe. Players also include Cherylonda Fitzgerald, George Figueroa and Craig Combs.

Tickets for all four performances will be available at the door. Advance tickets for the Paramount Center show on Sept. 29 are also available online at Paramount Bristol.org or at the box office.

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