Singer-songwriter Karen Hart '78 of Venice, Calif. will be the featured composr for the Cary Chamber Orchestra and Concert Singers' annual Holiday Pops concert.

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Cary pops into holiday season with ECU musicians

It will be an ECU Christmas for the Cary Chamber Orchestra and Concert Singers.

Singer-songwriter Karen Hart ’78 of Venice, Calif., will be the featured composer for the group’s 22th annual Holiday Pops concert on Dec. 13-14 at the Cary Arts Center. Larry Speakman ’78 ’06, artistic director of the 125-voice Concert Singers of Cary, will conduct it and the Cary Chamber Orchestra.

The Friday concert begins at 8 p.m. with repeat performances Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. at the arts center in downtown Cary.

Hart’s song “Mirabelle” was the 2008 Song of the Year chosen by West Coast Songwriters. In 2009 and 2010 she was named a Top 100 Artist by Music Connection magazine. She has won the Los Angeles Women in Music Award and the Barry Manilow /Concord Records Award for lyric writing. She has performed many times with the Los Angeles Symphony and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

This will be Hart’s first performance in her home state in 25 years.

You may have heard Hart’s voice in movies and not known it. She was the singing voice of Sigourney Weaver in the Showtime movie Snow White and wrote all of the songs for the Divine cult classic Lust In the Dust.

Last December her unique choral work in Judah and His Maccabees: A Hanukkah Gospel Story, was performed in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and four other cities.

Hart will sing a special song in memory of Libby Brown Whaley ’78 ’81 of Santa Barbara, Calif., who died in April. Whaley was director of therapeutic recreation at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara.

Emceeing the evening will be WRAL News personality Bill Leslie. Tickets are $16-$18. For more information, go to


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Students must demonstrate service to the university community and provide one signed letter of recommendation along with their application. Recipients will be notified by e-mail in the spring and must be able to attend a Scholarship Luncheon on April 26. 

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