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Feb. 15 concert: ‘Twisted Valentines: Love Found/Love Lost’

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Sally Neel Soprano Darcy DeGuise and pianist Sally Neel perform “Twisted Valentines: Love Found/Love Lost,” love songs for the season, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. The music will include opera arias, classical art songs and music from Broadway. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each, with proceeds benefiting Curtains Up Pagosa’s youth in the arts mentoring programs. 

Photo courtesy Sally Neel
Soprano Darcy DeGuise and pianist Sally Neel perform “Twisted Valentines: Love Found/Love Lost,” love songs for the season, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. The music will include opera arias, classical art songs and music from Broadway. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each, with proceeds benefiting Curtains Up Pagosa’s youth in the arts mentoring programs. 

Soprano Darcy DeGuise will give a special Valentine’s concert on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church as a part of the Curtains Up Pagosa 25th anniversary concert series. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 and proceeds will benefit the scholarship and mentoring program offered by CUP.

The program will offer a mixture of opera arias ranging from Mozart to Gershwin, as well as love songs from Broadway musicals.

“We have debated about what to call this program,” said DeGuise. “These are not your typical gushy love songs. In fact, the music addresses both love found and love lost. Valentine’s Day is not necessarily a happy day for some people. Love is a powerful emotion that can bring both ecstasy and profound sadness. This music will be a combination of both.”

DeGuise made her singing debut in Pagosa Springs as she literally bounded on stage in the hilarious Fairy Godmother role in Curtains Up Pagosa’s 2012 production of “Cinderella.”

But this was certainly not the beginning of her singing career. She has studied voice since she was a young girl and went on to graduate from the University of Ohio with bachelor of arts and bachelor of music degrees. She went on to apprentice as a young artist with the Cincinnati Opera Company.

DeGuise has had numerous leading roles with Curtains Up Pagosa, including in “Cinderella,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Pippin.” She also assisted in a directing role in CUP’s most recent production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

DeGuise is an avid mentor in the arts, always available to help young singers and actors with whatever roles they are performing. Currently, she is assisting as a vocal coach for the upcoming high school musical “Hairspray.” She also serves on the executive board of Curtains Up Pagosa as a mentor and advisor.

But, every once in a while, DeGuise just needs to break free from her teaching role (she is employed as a Pagosa Springs High School English teacher and is in charge of the high school’s media program) and go back to her roots as a singer. She and her accompanist, CUP board member and fellow vocal coach Sally Neel, have been collaborating for about a year, working on music to present for this special Valentine’s program.

So what did she finally decide to call this program? What best describes the great emotion of love? “Twisted Valentines: Love Found/Love Lost” will suffice for now. But one thing you can be sure of, you will feel the beauty and the tragedy of love through the beautiful soprano voice of this talented lady.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Tickets are $10 at the door. Refreshments will be served at intermission.

This story was posted on February 6, 2014.