Monday, January 26, 2009

Lisa Otey & Diane Van Deurzen to Guest Star at Desert Voices Fundraiser

TUCSON (Observer Update) - Tucson performing legend, Lisa Otey and fellow Desert Diva, Diane Van Deurzen will make a special guest appearance at Desert Voices’ Annual Cabaret and Silent Auction, February 7th at the Historic Y, 300 E. University, Tucson. Doors open at 6:00 pm for, “In the Basement”, a risqué, slightly bawdy and thoroughly entertaining musical comedy event.

In celebration of their 20th season, Desert Voices has invited some of Tucson’s best performing luminaries to share the stage for 2008-2009.

Lisa Otey, described by the Arizona Daily Star as a blues/jazz diva extraordinaire, has won many awards for her progressive blues style including 2001 Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, 2001-2004 Arizona Commission on the Arts, 2000 Arizona Composer of the Year, 1998 Arizona Blues Showdown winner, 1997 TAMMIES Musician of the Year and Best Local Performing Artist of 2007.

Diane Van Deurzen’s debut CD, “I Never Knew” co-produced with Lisa Otey for Owl’s Nest Productions, is a celebration of love, passion and poetry. Diane is a performer with solid songwriting talents and a voice that is, “Warm and soothing, pouring out the lyrics with effortless control.”

All proceeds from this year’s only fundraiser will be used to help Desert Voices sustain its mission of uniting our community through our music and providing a voice for all. Since its inaugural season in 1988, Desert Voices, Arizona’s Premier GLBTS Chorus has grown to over 50 voices strong under the artistic direction of Chris Tackett.

Desert Voices will close its 20th season with, “Out and Proud”, a 20-year retrospective featuring music from twenty-five years of GALA Choruses. Special Guest, Namoli Brennet returns for these concerts, April 18th & 19th at the Proscenium Theatre, Pima Community College West Campus. For ticket information please call, (520) 791-9662.

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