Women to Watch
Our most anticipated performances this month.
This Grammy award-winning recording artist hits the stage at McGlohon Theater this month for a performance featuring her uplifting songs. But when it comes to this UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, there’s more than music to inspire. In January, Kidjo released her new book, Spirit Rising, a memoir about her escape from communist Africa that features a preface by Desmond Tutu. Catch her—and her dynamic sounds and rhythms—when she comes to town February 8. www.blumenthalarts.org
New Orleans rising soprano star Sarah Jane McMahon has performed in venues around the world. The New York Times (she frequently sings with the New York City Opera) called her “bright, active, and fastidiously musical.” This month you can hear the acclaimed musician when she comes to the Belk Theater for part of the Charlotte Symphony’s Classics Series on February 28. www.charlottesymphony.org
Toni Tupponce This talented Charlotte jazz vocalist is joining the Ziad Jazz Quartet this month for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s annual Jazz For Lovers concert. This jazz artist will be crooning romantic tunes perfect for a pre-Valentines date on February 7. www.bechtler.org