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Lisa Drew, they call me "killeralto"
Webster’s Dictionary defines a contralto as the following:
1 a: a singing voice having a range between tenor and mezzo-soprano b: a person having this voice2: the part sung by a contralto
The lowest female voice being able to audibly and beautifully and comfortably sing roughly between F3 (F below middle C and possibly lower) and E5 (E above middle C and possibly higher).
Classical and operatic contraltos are singers who have regularly performed unamplified classical or operatic music in concert halls and/or opera houses. This is a list of the most famous of all historic and contemporary contraltos:
- Kathleen Ferrier
- Marion Anderson
- Ewa Podles
- Marie-Nicole Lemieux
- Olga Borodina
- Dolora Zajick
Some examples of pop/crossover contraltos are:
- Diana Krall
- Bonnie Raitt
- Sarah Vaughn
My mother informs me that I took kindly to her guitar (pictured on right) when I was about 4 years old and used to strum (not with any chords, mind you) and sing Peter Paul & Mary’s version of “Lemon Tree.”
I have been one of the fortunate ones – to have this wonderful gift of song bestowed upon me. I grew up in the Levittown suburbs of Central Islip on Long Island, NY and was treated to required music classes beginning in 3rd grade with theGrover Flutophone, a white plastic instrument with a purple mouthpiece, resembling a clarinet. In order to get into band or choir, you had to pass this class which showed you had the ability to learn music.
Lisa: Of course! I love classic cars with big fins! Every year my husband and I make the circuit of local classic car shows in the Twin Cities area. Some of my favorite models include the classic 1959 convertible Cadillac, 1961 Chrysler 300G, 1958 Buick Limited Riviera, just to name a few. One day I will have a garage big enough to hold one!
Handblown glass art is also one of my passions. Dale Chihuly being one of my favorite glass artists. During the summer months we make sure to take in the local art shows and see what’s new and exciting in the art world.
Question: I noticed on your calendar that you perform with The Rose Ensemble alot– who are they?
Lisa: The Rose Ensemble is a daring and inventive vocal ensemble captivating audiences with virtuosic performances of ancient music and evoking a rich tapestry of language, culture, legends and history.
Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director and Founder, Jordan Sramek , The Rose Ensemble is an internationally recognized group of musicians that has reinvented early vocal music in the modern concert hall, building a diverse and enthusiastic audience.