The Guest for Artists on Art radio interview show for November 9, 2010 was local performer, singer, choral director, actor, Lori Rivera. We talked about the upcoming event, Universal Worship in Song, Celebrating the Divine Feminine, on November 14th, at the First Congregational Church at 900 High Street beginning at 7pm.  For this event, Lori sings and directs the Jazz on High and The Happiness Choir. At the concert, the audience, that includes representatives from the Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, is encouraged to sing along.

We began our interview with a question of how Lori began singing and performing.  She studied at Hunter College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in New York.  Lori spoke of her singing spiritually through her involvement with  The Sufi Movement and The Sufi Way, as a multi-faith worship service that acknowledges and pays homage to the expressions of divine truth as they are revealed through all religions.

This event, Universal Worship in Song, Celebrating the Divine Feminine, is a benefit for Land of The Medicine Buddha, Central Asian Institute and Bread for the Journey. Tickets are $20 and available at Gateways Books and Gifts and at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please come and add your voice and spirit to this beautiful celebration.

We also talked about Lori’s other upcoming events. The following week after the Universal Worship in Song event, Lori will be performing with So Vo So (for the second year in a row)  in the upcoming Tandy Beal & Company’s Production of “Mixed Nutz! The Nutcracker Re-Mixed”, Presented by the Theater Arts Dept, Friday, November 19, 2010 – Sunday, December 5, 2010.  This astonishing and gorgeous staged spectacle is the ideal way to begin the holidays.

Lori will also be a part of the New Music Works Women’s Voices, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 7:30pm – UCSC Music Recital Hall, Santa Cruz. Lori will be directing the Happiness Choir. The repertoire includes Phil Collins’ Sappho Songs.

Lastly, we talked about another upcoming performance in the new year in Smoke, a one woman show, written and produced by Joe Ortiz of Gayle’s Bakery and writer of the musical, Bread. In this one-woman show, the Lori brings to life two endearing characters—the innocent Celeste, looking for Mr. Right with a dangerously open heart, and the worldly Francesca, master of erotic strategy.  Stayed tuned for more information on the next upcoming productions of Smoke.

Hopefully, Lori will come back and talk to us more.  I also hope she’ll do a little singing.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, you can hear the whole show by clicking on the play icon below.


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