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Gualala Arts LocalEyes Series presents:
Songs of My Dreams
A Concert by Mary Lynn Preiss

Friday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center
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Surprising theatergoers from The Sea Ranch to Manchester with her performance as Marion in the recent Art Center Theater production of The Music Man, Mary Lynn Preiss will present her lyrical voice in a concert of her favorite songs on June 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Gualala Arts Center.

Mary Lynn Preiss
Mary Lynn Preiss
as Marion in The Music Man

The set will include Puccini arias, Broadway hits and love songs. Mary Lynn will perform in a cabaret-style atmosphere with beer, wine, martini bar and food available.

Preiss studied flute before changing her major to voice at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was born and raised. She has a background in gospel choir as both director and soloist, performing numerous times at the Mark Hellinger Theater on Broadway in the early 1990s.

Mary Lynn Preiss
Mary Lynn Preiss
She has been a member of numerous theater groups including the Phoenix Symphony Choir and the Southwest Shakespeare Company, participating in productions of Oliver, Pippin and The Pirates of Penzance.

Renata Yardumian
Renata Yardumian
Mary Lynn is a newcomer to our Mendonoma coast and has enjoyed getting to know many local artists, performers, Gualala Arts volunteers and their families through her participation in the recently sold-out run of The Music Man.

Joining Mary Lynn on stage is piano accompanist Renata Yardumian. Renata was born and raised in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, and had her first instruction in music from her father Richard Yardumian. She studied piano privately with Eleanor Sokolof, and theory and composition with the composer and fine artist, Timothy Greatbatch. Renata majored in music at Temple University in Philadelphia and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Sonoma State University.

Joining Mary Lynn and Renata is Eric Kritz, who attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied clarinet with Peter Simenauer and Charles Russo. While in high school, he participated in an internship program with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he studied with Anthony Gigliotti. He has performed with the Mendocino Music Festival, the Waterloo Music Festival, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphonic Choral and the Marin Symphony. He lives in Gualala with his wife and two daughters.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 more on the day of the performance. Youth 7 to 17 are admitted free. For advance purchase, go to Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 800-838-3006. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.