Concert at St. Mary Church will Benefit Katrina Victims

Two bright Bay Area stars are bringing their musical talents to
Gilroy on Friday, November 4. Kyle and Lara Bruckmann are being
sponsored by many local churches in a special onetime performance
at St. Mary Church, with all donations going to benefit families
who have come to live in Gilroy following the Hurricane Katrina
disaster.
Two bright Bay Area stars are bringing their musical talents to Gilroy on Friday, November 4. Kyle and Lara Bruckmann are being sponsored by many local churches in a special onetime performance at St. Mary Church, with all donations going to benefit families who have come to live in Gilroy following the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The dream of this local grassroots effort is that these first-rate musicians will attract enough support from the community to really make a difference for these families who have lost everything.

Lara has sung and acted on many Bay Area stages, including the Plush Room, the Palace of Fine Arts, The New Conservatory Theatre Center, and the Legion of Honor, just to name a few. Lara has spent the last two weekends performing in The Magic Flute with the West Bay Opera in Palo Alto.

She has been dubbed “excellent, emotionally and vocally” (Contra Costa Times), and credited with “vibrant, on the money performance” (SF Weekly), with “a real flair for comedy” (Castro Valley Forum) and characters that “steal the show. Should win an Oscar for this” (Oakland Tribune).

Lara brings beauty and a spark of fire to the stage as she moves easily between classical and cabaret, and has also written and performed her own one-woman show called “Divignation.” She has placed well in competitions hosted by organizations such as the East Bay Opera League and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

As a young girl, Lara kept asking her parents for music lessons, but Sally and Guenter Bruckmann were unaware of their daughter’s singing talent until the night they attended her seventh grade choral concert. Suddenly they heard Lara’s voice soaring in a beautiful descant above the voices of the entire choir.

Needless to say, Lara’s wish for music lessons was quickly granted. Although she comes from a background of ballet, biochemistry, and competitive roller skating, so many people encouraged Lara to follow the path indicated by her vocal talent that she finally decided to pursue music as her professional destiny.

Lara will perform with her brother Kyle, who is just coming off the road after touring all across the United States with his band called “Lozenge.”

Playing oboe since the fourth grade, he has enjoyed a lifelong musical partnership with his sister, both of whom hold degrees from Rice University.

A brilliant musician, Kyle has made a name for himself in contemporary improvisation with his many recordings, yet he also performs classical music with orchestras throughout the Bay Area.

He was called to fill in at this summer’s Bach Festival in Carmel when an oboist was suddenly unable to perform. Kyle actually sight-read the difficult piece and played it right there on-stage with the orchestra for the first time.

Kyle’s recordings regularly receive rave reviews, and his CD called entymology has been hailed as “an enchanting experience that expands the possibilities (and the comprehension) of the double reed family” (François Couture, All-Music Guide).

It’s good to know that Gilroyans like the Bruckmanns are always seeking ways to benefit our community. But the really great news is that the donations from this concert will help hurricane victims start new lives in Gilroy.

Come enjoy this evening of great music and help others at the same time. The concert will be held at St. Mary Church, Nov. 4, at 7:30pm., $10 suggested donation. Contact Rose Barry at 847-5151 for more information.

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