Rising Star Lizz Wright Brings Intimate Jazz to the ‘Burghby Lauren
The powerful vocals of young jazz songstress Lizz Wright meet with the
pop-soul hooks of special guest Raul Midón at the 49th annual Three
Rivers Arts Festival. Wright performs at 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 8, 2008,
on the Festival Main Stage. Midón opens at 6:30 pm. All Three Rivers
Arts Festival Main Stage performances are free and open to the public.
recording artist Lizz Wright has been performing since childhood.
Growing up as the daughter of a minister and gospel singer, Wright
began playing and singing in church, then expanded her repertoire to
include choral music in high school. Her 2003 debut Salt reached the
number two slot on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart, striking a
chord with both critics and the public. Her most recent release, The Orchard,
features an eclectic supporting cast of songwriters, instrumentalists
and guest vocalists in intimate performances inspired by Wright’s
“Lizz Wright compares to legendary singers
like Nina Simone and Billie Holliday,” said Festival Executive Director
Elizabeth Reiss. “With her gospel-trained contralto and effortless
performance quality, she’ll provide an excellent soundtrack for a lazy
Sunday evening at the Festival.”
Special guest Raul Midón was an
in-demand back-up singer on the Latin circuit, performing for artists
like Julio Iglesias and Shakira. An outspoken original emerging as a
new pop talent, Midón mixes old-time soul with sexy Latin and jazz
The Three Rivers Arts
Festival presents Lizz Wright with Special Guest Raul Midón at 7:30
p.m., Sunday, June 8, Three Rivers Arts Festival Main Stage. Free.
About the Three Rivers Arts Festival
mission of the Three Rivers Arts Festival is to connect the community
to the arts. The 49th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival runs from June
6-22, 2008. For more information, call the Festival at 412.281.8723 or
visit our website www.artsfestival.net.