Norwalk's Unity Center for Practical Spirituality will host "Hear Our Song" at the Norwalk Concert Hall at City Hall, 125 East Ave., on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Like last year's extravaganza, the event will feature a plethora of talented national and local musical celebrities from Broadway, TV, cabaret and film. All performers are members and friends of the Unity Center congregation. A portion of the evening's proceeds will go to the BJ Ryan's Foundation, which supports the Norwalk Education Foundation, Norwalk Hospital, Whittingham Cancer Center, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and other local causes.
"We are no longer Fairfield County's best-kept secret thanks to last year's celebrity-filled extravaganza," said the Rev. Shawn Moninger, Unity's minister. "We've established ourselves now and are excited to continue to give this gift to the community."
"I think Unity Center's `Hear Our Song' concert last year was a welcome surprise to the Fairfield County community," Arnaz said. "I heard so many of them say, `Who knew there was so much talent floating around out here via the variety of artists associated with Unity?' The caliber of performances was extraordinary and I was very proud to be a part of that show."
The 2012 lineup includes David Friedman, composer, lyricist and conductor of scores for Disney blockbusters like "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "Pocahontas," and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"; Norwalk's Broadway/cabaret performer Raissa Katona Bennett; New York City Cabaret director/performer Scott Coulter; New York City composer/performer Kenneth Gartman; Greenwich- and New York City-based singer and performer Christina Connors; Tonja Walker Davidson, star of daytime dramas; Roger Mapes, songwriter/singer; Alexandra Philippas, a singer who has appeared at Carnegie Hall; Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan, multi-award winning cabaret star; Wayne Timpanaro-Hogan, member of Tristate Men's Choir; and Lennie Watts, amulti-award winning Cabaret star.
Connors and Coulter will once again host the event.
"What made last year's concert so successful was that it was a physical manifestation of Unity's philosophy -- that life is joyful and the universe is always saying, `Yes' to you," Bennett said.
Friedman said, "Up until now, Unity Center has been somewhat of a well-kept secret in two ways; as a place where all are welcome to explore their personal spiritual path in an open and accepting environment, and as a place that many fantastically talented performers from the world of Broadway, cabaret, television and film choose to call their spiritual home.
"Last year's concert was a great success, so I hope people will come down and hear us, stay to meet us afterward, and join us at one of our Sunday celebration services to see how Unity can enrich their own spiritual lives."
For information, visit www.unitycenterps.org or call 203-866-7004.