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Lady Zen, Don Krim, and Paul Voudouris in an All-Star Benefit Concert

Lady Zen, Don Krim, Paul Voudouris

By Fredric Dannen

The biggest problem I’ve had producing concerts for three of San Miguel’s greatest vocal stars—blues and gospel singer Lady Zen, countertenor Don Krim, and singer-songwriter Paul Voudouris—is that on each occasion, there were more people clamoring for tickets than there were seats in the concert hall. As they say, it’s a good problem to have.

On Saturday, August 11, at 7pm, at the San Miguel Playhouse, all three performers will appear together for one night only in a special concert. Proceeds will help offset the costs of producing one of the most exciting theatrical events ever to come to San Miguel—the first production outside the United States of a new play by Stephanie Alison Walker, The Madres, about the disappearance of dissidents during the Argentinean military dictatorship and its effect on one family. The Madres will debut, with the playwright in attendance, at the Playhouse on Thursday, August 23. When Walker’s play received its world premiere earlier this year in Los Angeles, Broadway World raved, “Astounding! … Demands to be seen.”

Alzenira Quezada, known to fans as Lady Zen, is an opera-trained mezzo soprano who turned her vocal talents to jazz, blues, and gospel early in her career. She gave two sold-out performances at the Playhouse last March in a tribute to Bessie Smith, singing such barn-burning numbers as “On Revival Day” and “Aggravatin’ Papa.” Lady Zen, who has just returned from a tour in Puerto Vallarta, will reprise some of her Bessie Smith songs, among other repertoire, at the benefit concert.

New York-born countertenor Don Krim, described as “extraordinary” by Metropolitan Opera star Grace Bumbry, is also a noted actor. His wide-ranging repertoire, which runs from Bach and Handel to jazz and spirituals, makes him perhaps the only countertenor who can segue effortlessly from Baroque to blues, from Gustav Mahler to Fats Waller. At the August 11 concert, he’ll be veering toward Waller, in songs such as “Keeping Out of Mischief Now.”

EMI recording artist Paul Voudouris is a singer, songwriter, and pianist with twenty albums to his credit, a devoted following, and critical acclaim (“Haunting, ethereal, eloquent and inspiring,” in the words of one reviewer). His concert last June at the Bellas Artes resulted in a rare sight at that theater—audience members sitting on the floor when available seats ran out.

Reserved seat tickets for the benefit concert are 400 pesos (center section) and 300 pesos (side sections), on sale at Boleto City, the ticketing booth on the second floor of the Mercado Sano (Ancha de San Antonio 123), or online at Tickets for The Madres are also on sale at Boleto City and at the same website.



By Lady Zen, Don Krim, and Paul Voudouris

Sat, Aug 11, 7pm

San Miguel Playhouse

Avenida Independencia 82


400 and 300 pesos

Boleto City, Second floor, Mercado Sano, Ancha de San Antonio 123



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