Soprano Karen Notare and Pianist Paul DiDario in Concert at Willow Grove Church, April 6

The upcoming free concert featuring these two world renowned artists at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, June 1st at 3 p.m.

An extraordinary “Music for the Soul” Concert will be performed Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m., at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains featuring Soprano Karen Notare with master pianist Paul DiDario.

This free concert is funded by a grant from the Presbytery of Elizabeth. Spanish music will be featured, along with selections from Mozart and others. Karen Notare will sing “De Espana Vengo” by Pablo Luna, “Del Cabello mas Sutil” by Fernando Obradors, “Canciones Anatorias” by Enrique Granados and other classic pieces.

Paul DiDario will accompany Ms. Notare and he will also play a piano solo, “Triana” by Isaac Albeniz. Notare has been hailed by critics for her “compelling stage presence, formidable technique, tireless energy, and beautifully radiant and expressive tone.” Ms. Notare is an accomplished artist with performances in the U.S. and around the world. Overseas she has performed leading roles in Operas at Bonn, Lisbon, Istanbul, Nice, Wexford, Hong Kong, Malta, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand and South Africa. In the U.S. she has performed extensively in Opera Houses at Wash. D.C., New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, Fort Worth, Sarasota, Omaha, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan and Maine.

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Notare won a full scholarship to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she received her degree. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including: The Richard Gold Award, the first recipient of the Martin Segal Award for “Most Promising Newcomer” from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City; First Prize in the International Puccini Concorso in Lucca, Italy; three time winner of the Puccini Foundation Award in New York City presented by Licia Albanes. Notare has been the recipient of numerous awards for her excellence in music education, including The Chu Foundation Award for three years and WBGO/NJEA’s “Jazzy Music Teacher of the Year.” Notare is a seasoned and licensed New Jersey music educator who has educated students in music from pre-k to the professional level. She is currently the music director of Unity Charter School in Morristown. She is on the voice faculty of the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn. She maintains a private beginning piano and vocal studio in Flanders, N.J.

Mr. DiDario received his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School. His performance highlights include performances with Metropolitan Opera Star, Jerome Hines, a recital as Franz Liszt, and a benefit recital for the Christopher Reeve Foundation. DiDario is a certified teacher in the Russian Technical Regimen for the Piano. He trained for 2 years at the School for Strings in NYC and is a certified Suzuki Piano instructor. DiDario is the Executive Director of the Long Hill Music Center in Madison, a community school of the arts, which offers private lessons to students of all ages. He has also been on the private music faculty of the Farbrook School in Short Hills since 1990. His first CD release, “Two Part Creation, solo works for Harpsichord and Piano”, was released in 2000. He has been the Director of Music at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church for the last 9 years.

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is located in Scotch Plains at 1961 Raritan Road, across the street from the Scotch Plains Southside Firehouse and Southside Soccer Field, and near the corner of South Martine Avenue. All our facilities are handicap-accessible. Visit or contact the church office 908-232-5678 or Sunday worship services begin at 10 a.m.

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