Sara Ptak will give recital

PERU — Sara Ptak, the daughter of Peru residents Mark Ptak and Ann Leydon Ptak, will present her second annual “Celebration of Song” at 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at St. Bede Abbey’s Worship Assembly Building. There is a suggested donation of $20.

Ptak, a classically trained soprano, and pianist Matthew Merz will perform a wide variety of Operatic Arias and Songs with an emphasis on American composers.

During the past two years, Ptak has been a fellow at the Toronto Summer Music Festival and studied lieder in Austria at the Frnz Schubert Institute. She also trained as a young artist with the Janiec Opera Company (Brevard Music Center), the Aspen Opera Theatre Center and Music nelle Marche in Urbania, Italy. She just completed her Artist Diploma at McGill University this spring. She has a bachelor’s degree in music from DePaul Univeristy and a master’s degree in music from McGill University in Montreal.

Ptak will also appear at an outdoor performance Aug. 23 with singer-songwriter Steve Sharp of Ottawa and violinist Marcia Henry Liebenow at the Maud Powell Arts Celebration in Peru. They will perform on a stage in the parking lot behind the Peru Municipal Building.