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Kevin Short sings in Westerly

Published October 03. 2013 4:00AM

Other than the ability to turn myself into a hawk at will or perhaps write whimsical textbooks on stochastic dynamical systems, what I'd like best would be to sing in a world-class baritone voice.

No, not like Johnny Cash - although the neighborhood dogs join in when occasionally I go out on the front porch and break into "Five Feet High and Risin'."

The ideal bass voice, though, would be the sort you can hear Friday at "An Evening With Kevin Short," which benefits the Chorus of Westerly. Pianist Melissa Woolverton will accompany Short, and the up-close-and-personal event takes place in the George Kent Performance Hall.

Short, a frequent Chorus of Westerly soloist, is globally associated with, for example, Mozart's "Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail," Monteverdi's "L'Coronazione di Poppea" and Verdi's "Attila."

He's also equally adept at numerous contemporary styles, including Broadway pops and works from Copland and Vaughan Williams.

- RICK KOSTER

"An Evening With Kevin Short," 7:30 p.m. Friday, George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly; benefitting the Chorus of Westerly; $35-$50; (401) 596-8663, chorusofwesterly.org.

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