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All is Bright

  • The Portico 1001 N Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33602 USA (map)

All Is Bright is the second benefit concert organized by two local Tampa artists, attorney,

Scott R. Lilly, and professional opera tenor, Cody Austin. Although Lilly spends his days in

the courtroom, he has a passion for music. Lilly is a studied classical tenor, a supporter of

the local arts, and a member of the Opera Tampa League board. Through his involvement

in the arts community, Lilly has discovered that many local professional artists – although

often performing around the country and on international stages – have similar passions

for philanthropy and “shining the spotlight back” on others’ efforts within our Tampa Bay

community.

The mission is to help charitable organizations that serve the Tampa Bay community

through efforts by Tampa’s very own population of professional artists. Lilly works closely

with internationally acclaimed operatic tenor Cody Austin, who serves as the group’s

artistic director. Now based in Tampa Bay, Austin is contracted to perform around the

world, most recently as Pinkerton in Pittsburgh Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly,

and Alfred in Opera Tampa’s Die Fledermaus.

The singers will be joined by world-renowned pianist, Michael Fennelly. Fennelly, a close

friend of Austin, has been “adopted as a temporary local” despite being based in New York.

A regular soloist at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Fennelly is celebrated for his work

world-wide. Recent works include the writing and performance with the National Chorale,

of Fennelly’s arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano, orchestra and

symphonic chorus at Lincoln Center, and conducting a new opera From My Mother’s

Mother, by Jeeyoung Kim for the Korean Cultural Center, NYC. He has served as music

director for La Centorola for the New York City Opera, maintains the distinction of being

named a Bösendorfer Artist, and has represented the United States on a tour of Japan for

the State Department.

On stage, Lilly and Austin and Fennelly will be joined by a celebrated collection of vocalists,

including Emily Righter (Mezzo-soprano), Megan Weston (Soprano), Vanessa Rodriguez

(Soprano), Won Cho (Bass), Kyoung Cho (Soprano), and Annie Scott (Soprano). Mezzo-

soprano Emily Righter is no stranger to the Tampa Bay stage, having performed several

roles with Opera Tampa including the principal role, Angelina, in La Cenerentola, as well as

Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Righter also enchants international audiences with her

warm and controlled mezzo voice, singing on elite stages in Belgium, Austria, and Italy.

Although based in Manhattan, soprano Megan Weston joins the Tampa arts family this

December in All is Bright. Weston is highly acclaimed for her skillful soprano voice, recently

originating the role of Constance Bonacieux in the world premiere of Les trois mousquetairs

with the Phoenicia International Festival of Voice. She has frequently delighted audiences

at Carnegie hall, as well as in roles such as Norina in Don Pasquale and Cunegonde in

Candide. Vanessa Rodriguez (Soprano) is a seasoned Tampa Bay performer, having sung

with the Opera Tampa Chorus and Opera Tampa Singers for 6 years. Rodriguez has

performed around the Bay and beyond with companies such as the Spanish Lyric Theatre,

The Florida Opera Theatre, St. Petersburg Opera, and Opera St. Louis. Won Cho is

celebrated for his gorgeously rich bass-baritone voice. Tampa Bay arts supporters may

recognize Cho from his many principal roles with Opera Tampa. He is sought out to appear

in opera houses and with orchestras across the US and beyond. When he is not performing, Cho serves as a tenured professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Cho

recently returned from a master teacher tour around is native Korea with his wife and life-

long duet partner, soprano, Kyoung Cho. Kyoung Cho is celebrated for her transcendent

performances as well as her incredible abilities as a vocal technician and pedagogue. K. Cho

has been commissioned by the Korean Society of Women Composers and has devoted her

research to bringing Korean works to life as well as being an advocate for Korean women

musicians. Dr. K. Cho is also a professor of voice and director of opera at University of

South Florida. Annie Scott (Soprano) studies under Dr. Kyoung Cho at the University of

South Florida as she is pursuing her Master’s in Voice Performance. Scott also acts as

concert coordinator for the group’s philanthropic concert series.

The group raised funds for the Portico’s Homelessness Initiative in their debut concert

Hope Shines Bright in June 2018. The artists are excited to come together again this holiday

season to sing the praises of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Together, Lilly, Austin,

and the rest of the musicians are working to create a ‘brighter’ Tampa Bay through gifts of

music.

This event is sponsored by Gionis and Lilly, PLLC, Yi-Hwa Outerbridge, MD, Felix Canella,

JR, and the Klingel Family Foundation.