Music as the Message: Fall in ❤️ with Love Digital Program




NOVEMBER 14, 2021 | 4pm ET
Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St, New York, NY 10025)
and on ZOOM



Presented by The American Opera Project and Opera on Tap, in association with Broadway Presbyterian Church

Subject to change



Music as the Message Theme Song**
by Drew Hemenger
Adrienne Danrich, soprano
Drew Hemenger, piano

“Dich, teure halle”, from Tannhäuser
by Richard Wagner
Adrienne Danrich, soprano
Violetta Zabbi, piano

Adrienne Danrich

I Love Being Here with You
by Peggy Lee, Bill Schluger
Patrice P. Eaton, mezzo-soprano
Dwight Howard, arranger

Touched By An Angel*✢ 
by Maya Angelou
Victoria A. Davis, soprano
Dwight Howard, arranger
(Attendees are invited to speak along)

My One and Only Love
by Robert Mellin, Guy Wood
Andrew Garland, baritone
Dwight Howard, arranger

Muse of Memory**
by Adrienne Danrich, Paul Moravec
Adrienne Danrich, soprano
Violetta Zabbi, piano

“Una furtiva lagrima”, from L’elisir d’amore
by Felice Romani, Gaetano Donizetti
Cameo Humes, tenor
Violetta Zabbi, piano

And I Have You*
by Nikki Giovanni
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano
(Attendees are invited to speak along)

“Habanera”, from Carmen
by Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy, Georges Bizet
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano
MaM Ensemble
(Victoria A. Davis, soprano; Patrice P. Eaton, mezzo-soprano;
Cameo Humes, tenor; Scott Tomlinson, bass)
Peter Seidenberg, cello

“Deh vieni alla finestra”, from Don Giovanni
by Lorenzo Da Ponte, W. A. Mozart
Andrew Garland, baritone

James Moore, guitar

Child-Like Moment

Love is Something if you Give it Away
by Malvina Reynolds
Chris Shelton, tenor, guitar
(Any children in attendance are invited to participate)

A Word from our Charity Partner, Broadway Community
Chris Shelton

In This Very Room
by Ron and Carol Harris
Adrienne Danrich, soprano
Patrice P. Eaton, mezzo-soprano
Victoria A. Davis, soprano
Violetta Zabbi, piano

by Rita Dove
Andrew Garland, baritone
(Attendees are invited to speak along)


“Ave Maria”, from Cavalleria Rusticana
by Pietro Mascagni
Victoria A. Davis, soprano
Violetta Zabbi, piano


“Vissi d’arte”, from Tosca
by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, Giacomo Puccini
Marsha Thompson, soprano
Brian Shankar Adler, percussion


Zoom Performance
*Spoken Word
**Commissioned by The American Opera Project for Music as the Message



Hosted by Adrienne Danrich, and featuring a stellar cast of artists:

Guest Soloists:

Marsha Thompson, soprano
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo soprano
Andrew Garland, baritone
Chris Shelton, Broadway Presbyterian pastor

MaM Ensemble:

Victoria Davis, soprano
Patrice P. Eaton, mezzo soprano
Cameo Humes, tenor
Scott Tomlinson, bass


Brian Shankar Adler, percussion
Dwight Howard, arranger
James Moore, guitar
Peter Seidenberg, cello
Violetta Zabbi, piano

Creative team:

Adrienne Danrich, creator, host, & executive producer
Alex B. West, associate producer
Jascha Narveson, audio engineer
Paul Moravec, commissioned composer
Drew Hemenger, composer of MaM original theme song

Creative Content Producers:
Meagan Brus
Anne Hiatt
Emily Manzo

Creative Consultants:
Joelle Lamarre
Victoria A. Davis

Patrick Mahaney, technical director

The Music as the Message series is presented by The American Opera Project and Opera On Tap, in association with Broadway Presbyterian Church.


Created and hosted by Emmy Award-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich, Music as the Message (MaM) is an interactive, virtual series that has been newly reimagined as a hybrid performance experience. Streamed live, MaM celebrates the power of music to unify and to inspire healing, joy, laughter, love and most importantly, community. Adrienne, along with guest artists, the MaM Ensemble, and commissioned composers, leads a program of uplifting songs and spoken word. As we commune through music, attendees are encouraged to sing and speak along, with strong and joyous voices, whether in the Zoom room or in the Sanctuary! Following this musical catharsis, the audience is welcome to speak with the artists, and reflect or listen in support of their fellow participants.

Free to the public, goodwill offerings accepted. Held via Zoom and presented through AOPTV. The Music as the Message series is presented by The American Opera Project and Opera On Tap, in association with Broadway Presbyterian Church.


As an award-winning singer, writer, composer, and educator, Adrienne Danrich is redefining what it means to be a creative performer. The voice of EMMY® award winning soprano Adrienne Danrich has been described as “fresh liquid-silver”, “radiant”, and having a “sensual timbre and dramatic truth” by Opera News. She has performed at major opera houses and art centers around the United States as well as appearing in the NBC broadcast of The Sound of Music, Live! In addition to singing operas, concerts and recitals around the country, Danrich performs her one-woman show, This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price, which she wrote under a commission from Cincinnati Opera. This Little Light of Mine was nominated for an EMMY®, and, additionally, Ms. Danrich was personally nominated and subsequently won an EMMY® for on-camera talent as performer and narrator. Recently, Ms. Danrich debuted her new concert From Aretha to Aida, An Autobiographical Musical Journey. Distinctive in her talent and charisma, Adrienne is known for going places other artists have not yet ventured.


The American Opera Project (AOP) is a non-profit organization based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn whose mission is to develop and present new and innovative works of lyric theater, provide resources and opportunities to emerging and established artists, and engage contemporary communities in a transformative operatic experience. The American Opera Project is an unending experiment in storytelling with the central premise that each life is an operatic story waiting to be told, each telling of that story an operatic experience waiting to happen. The American Opera Project’s programming serves the goal of diversifying the operatic canon by investing in emerging creators and centering the process of creation rather than the product. Ongoing programming includes First Chance, AOP’s opera development incubator; Composers & the Voice, AOP’s free, in-house composer and librettist training program; and community-oriented events such as “Music as the Message” that reimagine how to reach the 21st century audience.


Opera on Tap (OOT) was born in 2005 in Brooklyn and operates with the vision of making the drama, beauty and exhilaration of opera truly accessible to new communities everywhere. What began as a small monthly gathering of ambitious, classically trained singers looking for more performance opportunities, has grown into a producing and community-based organization that has gained a broad audience base and national recognition as an innovative force on the classical music scene. Through its Chapter program, which now has twenty-eight vibrant national (and international) chapters, OOT has created a large network of performers, creators, and supporters. A predominantly women-led organization, OOT’s mission is to engage and enrich communities through culture and the arts, and to empower singers, instrumentalists, composers and other artists through opportunities for paid performance, commissions, leadership, and safe creative practices.  

Opera on Tap continues to be headquartered as a national organization in Brooklyn and in NYC presents four programs intended to adhere to our practice of community engagement through opera: PLAYGROUND OPERA/OPERATRONICS, BAR SHOWS/ NEW BREW, OPERACADES, and THE IMMERSIVE OPERA PROJECT (IOP).


Broadway Presbyterian Church is a progressive community that welcomes all people regardless of ethnic heritage, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or socio-economic standing. Though we may read the Bible with different eyes than our ancestors, we continue to believe that it is the foundation of our faith. Guided by the Spirit, our encounter with Scripture calls us to be people of justice, loving-kindness, humility, and joy in all that we do. We are a part of “the Church reformed, always reforming” – and we look forward to all the ways God will continue to lead the Broadway Presbyterian Church.


The seeds that would become Broadway Community were planted in 1982 with the creation of the Community Lunch program – a combined effort of volunteers from Broadway Presbyterian Church, Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, and other neighboring organizations. Meals were prepared and provided to the hungry three times a week. In 1992, the organization formally incorporated so that it might expand its reach. For the next decade “BCI” developed as an addiction recovery program, with a variety of companion programs, including support groups, a women’s shelter, arts education, and more. All the while, the soup kitchen continued, serving lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thousands of people have been fed and nourished at Broadway Community – in body, mind, and spirit.

Broadway Community provides a soup kitchen, community table, food pantry, shelter, showers, clothing, health care, and much more to people in need. All are welcome.

Music as the Message is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the generosity of these individuals:

Tony Corey
Megan Englander
Thomas Gibson
Geoffrey Burleson
Rosemary Brunson
Holly Wilson
Rodney Stucky
Geoffrey Trotier
Cyril Blosser
Helen Henry
Margaret O’Neill
Wendy Lamb
Susan Hall
Lauren Savoy
Kristin Gornstein
Brian McLoughlin
Tisha Gholston
Selina Volz
Sadiyah Babatunde
Lorenzo De Los Angeles
Myrdith Leon-McCormack
Steve Crock
Justine Leguizamo
Joelle Lamarre
Phyllis Lewis-Hale
Navin Sivakumar
Aisha Lusk
Alison McConekey
Amanda Sidebottom
Kimberly Reed
Demareus Cooper
Herschel Garfein
Neal Goren
Jan Goldstein
Brynne Mosteller
Robert Scott
Christopher Cooley
Amy Conard
The Cordell Family
Monica Moore
Cassondra Joseph
Jennifer Davison
Lance Kramer
Scott Tomlinson
Mary Ploeser
Chris Comfort
Sabine Rogers
Mark Campbell
Pamelya Herndon
Cathie Muschany
Eloise Grimes
Craig Reid
Kristin Marting
Drew Hemenger
Dustin Simpson
MaryAnne Osborn
Cathy Adams
Scott Levine
Diana Solomon-Glover
Brian Anderson
Cecelia Martin
Lorraine Whittlesey
Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher
Gezzelle Harris
Dawn Johnson
Lynn Mark
Kim Howard
Valerie Barnes
Jennifer Trent
Kari Carbone
Zhenel Rawlinson
Olanna Goudeau
Eloise Grimes
Ginny Thiell
Joel Kalow
Lori Brooks
Chauncey Packer
Mark Kalow & Marlene Pitkow
Jaqueline Kelly
Susan Werbe
Angela Owens
Evelyn Justiniano
Gezzelle Harris
Anna Rabinowitz
Astrid Young
Rev. Eugene Palmore
Faye Lewin-Neil
Marilyn Portune
Ted Wood
Aryeh Stollman
Charles Jarden
Gaylan Townsend
Emily Manzo

Virginia Brown
Amy Hutchison
Ellen Manzo
Emily Farrell
LaVerne Riebold
Phyllis Chinn
Caroline Kelsey
Kwamina Walker-Williams
Michele Freeman
Kearstin Brown
Patrick Grant
Joan Ross Sorkin
Siobhan Kolker
Cystal Kendrick
Rima Fand
Irene Silverblatt
David Gordon
Anna Dagmar
Jennifer Trent
Marsha Clark
Seth Wharton
Carol Walker