Chattanooga’s Performing Arts League presents Thomas West in concert Sunday, March 31 at 4 p.m. at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 West 7th Street at Pine Street, Chattanooga. There is no charge for the concert. Donations will be accepted and will help benefit local young performers through scholarships and grants.
A reception following the concert will provide attendees the opportunity to meet and visit with Mr. West.
A Chattanooga native, Mr. West won the Performing Arts League Vocal Competition in 2013. He studied at Julliard and has become a well-known baritone hailed as a “miraculous…nuanced singer” and described as “a creative artist and entrepreneur whose work expands everything from brand new opera to cross-disciplinary collaboration.”
"The Performing Arts League is thrilled to offer guests the distinctive opportunity of this extraordinary concert in which Mr. West will feature the famous German cycle Dichterliebe alongside a set of Poulenc songs, and concluding with three songs by American composer Wayne Oquin, who wrote for Mr. West a set of songs featuring Southern poets," officials said. "These were written during Thomas’ time as a student at Juilliard.
"With this special event we are celebrating Mr. West’s success and his return to his hometown to perform with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in April when he will sing the part of Morales in the performance of Carmine.
"While the concert on March 31 is free to all, donations are suggested, welcomed and appreciated. All contributions will further the Performing Arts League’s good work in providing grants, scholarships and programs for deserving local youth. With your donation, you will help support local students pursuing the performing arts, offering opportunities like the ones provided Thomas West. In addition to scholarships and programs like the annual Vocal Competition, PAL provides grants for the organizations that train and support young people in performing arts endeavors."