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Gateway Classical Music Society and its Gateway Bridgeport Initiative bring opera back to Fairfield County, The Klein Memorial Auditorium and the Bridgeport Region

By Gateway Classical Music Society

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A benefit event in support of the Gateway Bridgeport Initiative will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at an historic private home in Black Rock, CT. The event, hosted by Bridgeport residents Ashley and Steven Sikora, will feature a concert of famous opera arias, duets and virtuoso violin works by outstanding Gateway artists and will include hors d’oeuvres and wine.

All who wish to support the Gateway Bridgeport Initiative are invited to attend by making a tax deductible donation of $175 per person. There will be a Special offer to donors’ friends who are new to Gateway. To receive an invitation, secure your space and learn more, email Gateway at You may also text or leave a message with the Director of Outreach Charlie Griggs at (203) 913-9767. The October 22 benefit concert will feature virtuoso violinist Yigit Karatas, winner of the 2017 Waldo Mayo Memorial Violin Competition and the 2017 Suna Kan International Violin Competition, and the following opera singers: Katy Lindhart, Soprano; Allison Waggener, Mezzo-Soprano, from Bridgeport; Byron Singleton, Tenor; and Asa Fradkin, Baritone.

Gateway Classical Music Society, founded in 2004 to promote classical music and outstanding soloists through live performances of masterworks of opera, symphony and oratorio with the Gateway Orchestra, launched the Gateway Bridgeport Initiative in 2016 to bring opera performances back to Fairfield County, the Klein Memorial Auditorium and the Bridgeport region.

The Initiative’s objectives are to highlight outstanding soloists from all over the world; provide educational enrichment for students; stimulate economic activity for regional businesses; facilitate outreach to all audiences with attractive ticket packages and pricing; and provide hands-on involvement with opportunities for regional choristers, dancers and supernumeraries to be part of a great work of art. November 3, 2018 has been reserved for the Initiative

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