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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Phoenicia Festival of the Voice organizers thankful for NY grant but ...

Article on the Voice Festival.

The organizers of the annual Phoenicia Festival of the Voice are pleased to be getting a $90,000 grant from the state but say more money is needed. “Of course we are thrilled,” said Festival of the Voice co-founder Maria Todaro. “The grant does indeed help, but only partially. We are producing 22 events at seven venues within five days” at the August 2014 event.

“This will cover about 20 percent of our costs,” said festival Trustee Justin Kolb.

Now entering its fifth year, the festival, largely an opera event, relies on free labor and talent to accomplish its goal of bringing world-class performers to the stage.

The state grant will go toward a production of “The Barber of Seville” and two world premieres.

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