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Siouxland Public Media's Artist of the Month

Suzanne Hendrix-Case grew up in Charles City, Iowa and traveled the world as a self-employed opera singer. She recently moved to Sioux City with her husband, a photographer and web designer.

 

What took her back the place where pigs outnumber people? Was it the “Field of Dreams” claim to fame? The promise of never being more than 20 miles from cattle and corn? Or perhaps, the reputation of a college in one corner of the state that offered the kind of educational environment she could thrive in?

Morningside College was where she wanted to work.

Cory Weaver

 

Globetrotting wasn’t the goal. Suzanne Hendrix-Case pursued a travel-intensive opera career to gain credibility as a vocal coach. She always wanted to teach.

By a fortuitous turn of events, that desire led the classically-trained singer to perform with the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Oper Frankfurt in Germany, one of the leading opera houses in Europe.

Coming up this weekend, LAMB Arts Regional Theatre presents “Death of a Salesman,” a 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Arthur Miller. In this drama, Willy Loman has spent his life following the American way, but somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. He lives in a fragile world of excuses and daydreams. He desperately attempts to make sense of himself and of the world around him that once promised so much.

Siouxland Public Media’s Ally Karsyn talked with the lead of the show, who was, in fact, a salesman himself.

Ultra Violet
Ally Karsyn

Ultra Violet describes itself as an “ever-evolving project pushing the creative boundaries of self through musical expression.” It started out as a duo with Angie Lambrecht, a trained percussionist, and one of her best friends, Velvet Adams, on bass.

They were influenced by Shakey Graves, an Americana musician from Austin, Texas, who set out as a one-man band, playing his vintage guitar and a floor drum made out of suitcase.

Ultra Violet
Ally Karsyn

“I was the guy that left Sioux City and moved away to bigger cities, thinking that’s where all the answers are found. But you can hitch your buggy to somebody else’s horse or you can figure out what’s going to give yourself momentum and just take that. I think it’s harder to do in a small city. The people that are here doing it and choosing to do it – that’s where it’s at. There’s a lot of really amazing people in Sioux City that are making art and music. For our size, it’s really happenin’ here.” –Adrian Kolbo with Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet
Ally Karsyn

Meet Ultra Violet.

Angie Lambrecht–on vocals, acoustic guitar and feet percussion–is a full-time musician who performs and teaches lessons. Randall Wood–on keyboard–is a night-time emergency room doctor and runs a small business, called Azapaza, selling imported products from India, with his wife. Shawn Blomberg–on the bass guitar and sometimes ukulele–is a massage therapist. And Adrian Kolbo–on the electric guitar–is an event producer for the City of Sioux City.

Together, they are Ultra Violet.

Ben Pratt
Ally Karsyn

 

 

If art only exists in a private studio and no one sees it, does it still make a sound?