Soprano Teresa Williams’ voice once rose to great heights for performances, but next Week, it will help raise money for agencies that serve domestic violence victims. Williams will be hostess and perform at the first of a series of in-home events called Elegant Evenings that begin Tuesday.
The events feature music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and desserts. The music ranges from Broadway to opera and is presented performers. An expected 80 to 90 guests per night will the South Tampa homes that will serve as venues for the events.
The event is patterned after a similar series, called soirees, that featured The Florida Orchestra. The popular events since have been discontinued, said Stephanie Hobson of Carrollwood, co- chairwoman of Elegant Evenings.
“People would greet me on the street and Want to know” about the soirees, said Hobson, who also was an organizer of those events.
She and Elegant Evenings co-chairwoman Elaine Stupp decided to modiiy the soiree events to benefit
Brighter Tomorrows. The series will feature the Florida Orchestra Ensemble, the University of South Florida Jazz Band, Williams and others.
Brighter Tomorrows is an outgrowth of The Spring Daytime Auxiliary, which supports The Spring, a domestic violence shelter. The group, which marked its first anniversary last Week, formed a separate charitable organization to support any Hillsborough County nonprofit organization that provides services and support for victims of domestic violence.
Founding President Debra Porter said the 75-member organization is “a way to broaden our outreach and involve more people.”
Porter, who had seen Williams perform, approached the singer with a proposal to host one ofthe events. Williams, Who previously performed opera and concert series with orchestras, owns a real estate and property management company.
Her performance for the Elegant Evenings series will include Broadway music by Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and others. Teresa Rose will accompany her.
Voice coach Greta Aldene is helping her preparing for the concert.
“I’ve got talent to work with her. When I heard that voice, I died” Aldene said.
Williams is opening her five-bedroom home to guests.
“We want to offer the closeness of a performet in a home setting,” Hobson said. “We have lots of lovely homes that people would love to see.”
Hobson said some people are interested in seeing the Culbreath Isles home of Ted and Bobbie Taub, who will host the January event.
“They leveled their old home and built a new one,” Hobson said.