Singers will lift their voices to help Haiti victims

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LEWISTON — Local vocalists Dennis St. Pierre, Mike Willette, Devin Dukes, Mitch Clyde Thomas and Deb Caron will team up Saturday, April 24, to give a concert benefiting earthquake victims in Haiti.

St. Pierre will sing “Bring Him Home” from the Broadway hit “Les Miserables” and Jackques Brel’s “If You Go Away.”

Dukes will present “Three Penny Opera’s” “Pirate Jenny” and the title song from Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars.” Thomas will sing “This is the Moment” from “Jekyll and Hyde” and the Mondo Cane theme song “More.”

The performance at the Franco-American Heritage Center will feature Broadway, pop, jazz, swing and R&B music. Accompaniment will be provided by the Scott Davis Combo with Scott Davis on trumpet; Frank Vigneau, piano; Rusty Quinn, drums; and Steve Footer, bass.

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Pierre, a member of Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild, has been a professional actor/singer for more than 20 years. He has been part of six Broadway national and international tours, starred off-Broadway and worked for 30-plus theater companies throughout the United States. On television, he has co-starred with Don Knotts, Theodore Bikel, Debbie Boone, Stella Parton and Irv Schecter.

Widely recognized for her stage presence and shimmering voice, Dukes has performed leading roles throughout the United States. While residing on the West Coast, she performed with Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera and with West Bay Opera as Alice in the French comic opera “Le Comte Ory.” Shortly after moving to New York City, she became affiliated with the Amato Opera. Other NYC performances include the title role in Massenet’s “Cendrillon” and Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel” with Opera Nova.

Willette has sung and entertained throughout Maine as well as in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Canada. The Mike Willette Swing Band, a 13-piece traditional big band, plays music from yesterday and today. Willette performed with the Flairs locally for six years in the 1970s.

Thomas started his career in music and performance at an early age as a sidekick to his fiddle-playing grandfather. He has appeared in dozens of Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre productions and elsewhere over the past 25 years. A singer, piano player and storyteller, he is music director for two Lewiston churches.

Likewise, Caron started her musical journey at a young age, singing in the church choir. She recalls being “discovered” at a musical event by Eddie Boucher, a local producer with EAB International. She worked with Boucher recording jingles for local businesses. Shortly afterward, she began recording with several local artists as a background vocalist. In 2007, she recorded her first solo album titled “Butterfly Free.” She is currently working on a solo project featuring classic R&B songs as well as originals written and produced by Harry King.

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18, $16 for students and seniors. All concert proceeds will be sent to Father Marc Boisvert, founder and director of Pwoje Espwa Sud in southern Haiti. For tickets, call 689-2000 or visit www.francoamericanheritage.org .

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