Carrick will perform with pianist J. Gawf, resident music director of Opera Omaha and the artistic producer of “Let’s Fly”. The program will feature songs from the album and other selections, including music by Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen, Harold Arlen, Barry Manilow, Hank Williams, Stephen Schwartz, Dolly Parton, and other songwriters.
“Let’s Fly” is the first recording for Carrick, who performs professionally across the Midwest and with arts organizations and venues surrounding Omaha, NE, where she resides, including Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony, Rose Theater, and the Holland Performing Arts Center, among others. She is the daughter of Dave and Carmen Heaton of Mt. Pleasant and a graduate of Mt. Pleasant Community High School.
“It has been an exciting year with the album and with all of the preparation and work that it’s entailed. It’s really a dream come true,” said Carrick. “I’m thrilled to be bringing this special concert to my hometown and to the Chapel Auditorium on the IWC campus. I spent a great deal of time there when I was growing up, with community theater and many other activities. To sing in this beautifully renovated hall is going to be such a treat.”
Carrick said listeners can expect a program with similar variety as her album, which was released on May 13 followed by a launch performance in Omaha. “From the beginning I wanted to offer a recording that represents me as a singer – encompassing my broad tastes in music and my passion for storytelling through song. I approach my live performances in very much the same way – authentically and with music that spans many genres and styles.”
Tickets for the concert are $35 and may be purchased at Brown’s Shoe Fit and the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance Office. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the historic Union Block Building in Mt. Pleasant.
During her visit, Carrick will also hold a CD signing on June 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at de Brito Baking Bistro in Mt. Pleasant. “Let’
ABOUT MARY CARRICK:
Mary Carrick is a Midwest-based performer who is equally at home with the American Songbook, cabaret, musical theater, opera, jazz, art song, contemporary American song and as a stage actor. She’s known for her lush and shimmering vocals, her theatrical prowess and for her unique ability to truthfully interpret a song, connect with audiences and command the stage. Carrick resides in Omaha, Nebraska where she’s performed as a soloist at the Holland Performing Arts Center and with arts organizations including Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony, Rose Theater, one of the largest professional children’s theaters in the country, along many others theaters and for a wide range of events. She made her Chicago cabaret debut in 2012 at Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret with her one-woman show, On My Way. She tours numerous cabaret shows across the Midwest. Carrick is the winner of the 2013 Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award (OEA) for Best Supporting Actress-Musical, along with other awards and nominations for her work. She is a touring artist with the Nebraska Arts Council and often conducts education programs for students in the communities where she performs.
ABOUT LET’S FLY:
“Let’s Fly” is the debut solo recording of singer, Mary Carrick. Released on May 13, 2014, the album features a collection of reimagined classic and contemporary songs spanning great American standards, jazz, musical theater, country, folk, and more. “Let’