Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival Series starts Sunday evening

Published 11:59 pm Friday, April 29, 2011

On Sunday, Vicksburg will be in the right place at the right time with the first show of the 2011 Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival.

New York mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel, who is married to a Vicksburg native, will return to his home to perform at 5 p.m. in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St. A reception will follow at Ward Hall.

“Sarah Heltzel, the daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Heltzel of Vicksburg, was planning to visit Mississippi with her husband, Peter,” said organizer Frances Koury. “Her father-in-law gave me a call to let me know his talented daughter-in-law would be here.”

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Koury jumped on the opportunity.

The New York Times says Sarah Heltzel is noted for her “emotional range” and her “plumy nuance mezzo.” She has performed at Carnegie Hall and the American Lyric Theatre in New York and numerous recitals in New York, Boston and Seattle.