On August 30, contralto Meredith Arwady will be the featured soloist. Arwady, who was raised in Kalamazoo, MI, is a graduate of Loy Norrix High School, Hope College and the Curtis Institute of Music. After Curtis, Meredith joined the Ryan Center young artist program with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She was a winner of the 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and won a Grammy Award for her role as the Native American maid Pasqualita in John Adams’ opera “Doctor Atomic.” She has sung in many operas as well as in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Handel’s Messiah. Hailed by critics as a “rarity” and “a genuine contralto,” Meredith Arwady continues to delight audiences in the United States and abroad with rich vocal intensity and captivating stage presence.