World-renowned mezzo soprano Marianne Cornetti performed a benefit concert in Carnegie Hall—at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie! This was the second time she performed at “Carnegie Carnegie Hall” for a benefit, this time incorporating a few traditional, popular and spiritual numbers with her selection of arias.
The roles in opera are pretty intense with complicated characters, sung in a foreign language, with plots not always sensible in today’s world, but Marianne could simply talk about the role and the piece of music, then walk right into the role in character and voice, and what a voice!
I simply enjoy photographing performers, and I know the hall and stage of this Music Hall so well, even in the dark, tiptoeing around with my camera, trying not to disturb the audience during one of the silent moments of a piece of music, just to get the shot I envision: where she is silhouetted against total darkness, or her gentle smile as she takes a bow, or the setting of her and Mark Trawka and the piano on stage, so simple.
You can see this slideshow on Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s website in Photo Album under “About Us”. You can go directly to the slideshow here, but please browse the other photo slideshows which are also my work, as is the design of the website itself. In addition, please visit their page on my website to browse newsletters, post cards, posters and other items I’ve designed for them. This is my beloved local public library, the place I’ve been visiting all my life to read and take out books, do research, and just to hang out in big beautiful old building—it’s now one of my customers. I couldn’t be happier to use my skills and talents to help enhance the facility’s image as it moves through its capital campaign to renovate for the first time in over 100 years.