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In Advance: Famed soprano to perform at Blue Heron

  • Soprano Sirgourney Cook will perform at the Blue Heron on Dec. 1. Contributed photo

Published: 11/14/2018 10:28:44 AM

From a childhood in Chicago immersed in gospel music, to singing background for international pop star Jennifer Hudson, soprano Sirgourney Cook has lived a life filled with music.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Cook will bring her incredible voice to the Blue Heron, 112 North Main St. in Sunderland, with a performance of her one-woman show, “What Am I Doing Here?” that chronicles her life’s journey through music. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by Cook’s performance.

Cook completed her graduate education at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, where she studied opera performance with the late baritone, Robert Honeysucker. Her resume includes more than three years touring as soprano background vocalist for Jennifer Hudson, performances in the principal role of Cora Turner in “Brother Nat,” and featured soloist at Boston University’s 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration. In 2019, she will be performing in the Boston Lyric Opera’s production of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“Sirgourney is an amazing vocalist,” said Blue Heron Co-Owner Deborah Snow. “We are thrilled to have her sharing her immense talent and beautiful story with us here at the Blue Heron.”

The evening will also serve as a benefit for Bridge4Unity, a local grassroots organization devoted to interracial and intercultural dialogues. The organization is raising money to cover travel and hosting costs for its inaugural dialogue and cultural exchange between participants from the South Carolina Lowcountry and the Pioneer Valley. The cultural exchange will involve participants staying in the homes of the host group, a dialogue session each day, and a public meeting in each community. More information can be found at

The price per person is $85, which includes dinner and the performance, but does not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 413-665-2102 or emailing

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