Lighting up the historic South Jackson Civic Center this weekend with her sparkling voice and personality is local singer Erica Petersen. Petersen will present “Songs of the Stage” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the center.
Petersen said her upcoming performance will feature local pianist Michelle Anderson and include a collection of her favorite songs.
“This performance is basically just a little showcase of songs that I know and love,” she said. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with the brilliantly talented Michelle Anderson as she accompanies me. I am performing classical choices by Mozart, Schubert and Puccini. I will also be singing a variety of musical theater selections from the 1920s to now.”
While audience members familiar with Petersen’s talents may believe she was born to be on the stage, the singer said she was introduced to performing by chance.
“I started training in singing when I was in high school,” she said. “It sort of happened by accident when I tagged along with a friend who had to go to a vocal lesson. I started taking lessons with that teacher and she inspired me in so many ways. She instilled a love of music in me so strong that I went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a master’s in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”
Her singing career has also led her to venture into acting. Since high school, Petersen has performed in countless stage productions, musical performances and more both locally and across the country.
When asked which she enjoys more, singing or acting, Peterson said she just enjoys being able to do both.
“While I definitely enjoy acting and theater and all it has to offer, I am certainly more of a singer than an actor,” she said. “I like to joke that I’m just a singer who can act. Since I spend so much of my time directing others in choir or theater, I’m actually really just excited to have a chance to sing.”
For Sunday’s performance she invites folks to come out and enjoy an afternoon of music.
“I hope my audience has a chance to just relax and hear some beautiful music,” said Petersen. “Many of these songs will likely never be performed locally in a production, so it’s an opportunity to hear something a little different.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at southjackson.org. For more information, call 455-5321.
Kali Bradford can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.