Singing a Handel aria from the 18th century, soprano and violinist Cassandra Lambros, of Warren Township, walked away with $1,020 on October 7, 2017, for winning the Roxbury Arts Alliance’s vocal competition..
Lambros was one of 14 “terrific finalists” in the “Star Next Door” vocal competition presented by the Alliance at the Investors Bank Theater in Succasunna. The event, sponsored by Fullerton Grounds Maintenance, drew performers representing all styles of music, from opera to folk to soft rock, jazz and blues and everything in between.
The second place award, and $720, went to Roxbury High School graduate Michael Grant. He performed “Saturday Night Done Right,” a song on the first album by his group Emily Youth Project.
Marshell Bastidas, of Dover, was awarded third place and received $420 for an acapella performance.
A panel of judges from the music industry selected the winners.
Lambros performed “Lascia chi’io pianga,” an Italian language aria from Handel’s 1705 opera Almira
Pictured are (L-R) in front, Alice Nemecek and Sarah Coraggio, Alexa Scano, Cassandra Lambros, Elizabeth Johnston from Fullerton Grounds Maintenance, and Michael Grant. In back is Mars Bastidas.
Story via TAPintoRoxbury