Appearing as Toledo in The Falling and The Rising – Sarah Ponder
Since completing graduate studies at Northwestern University, Sarah sings in genres from opera to oratorio, contemporary to a cappella. In addition to a busy performing career, Sarah is a dedicated teacher at Loyola University and has established herself as a mentor and teaching artist through some of the CSO’s most innovative outreach programs. sarahpondermezzo.com
“I am excited to be a part of this show because it’s a new work – it’s really rewarding to be able to more directly connect with both the characters and creators. The subject matter is complicated and painful at times, but I love the way that singers and singing can be a vehicle for expressing our most guarded and deeply felt emotions.
I was drawn to the role of Toledo not just for her beautiful vocal writing, but because of her character. I am fascinated by the methods that people learn to hide, avoid or cover their emotions to get through life. I loved trying to understand her and noticed some of those same tactics I’ve tried!”
Ms. Ponder dedicates her performance to the memory of her father, SSG Francis Ponder, U.S. Army and National Guard.
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