MUNSTER | The 2012–2013 Northwest Indiana Concert Association series ended recently on an emotional note as Daniel Rodriguez and his wife Marla Kavanaugh led the audience in singing “God Bless America,” the song he sang as a New York City policeman at the World Series in Yankee Stadium in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Rodriguez, an operatic tenor, met Cavanaugh, a New Zealand born soprano, while on tour.
“When I saw her face I knew my world would never be the same,” Rodriguez said. “She was walking along the same road that I was and we decided to walk that road together.”
Rodriguez has since retired from law enforcement to launch his singing career, performing at concerts around the world.
Rodriguez began his performance with “The Impossible Dream.” He told the audience he began his first 107 city concert tour four years ago in Munster and Friday’s Munster concert fittingly marked the last stop in a 40-city tour.
Accompanied by pianist Jessie Lynch, one of the performers in the 2013-2014 concert series, the couple’s duets included selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” “West Side Story,” and “One Hand One Heart.”
Other selections were: “On the Street Where You Live,” “Stranger in Paradise,” “Ave Maria,” “If I Loved You,” “Be My Love,” “Summertime,” Billy Joel’s “Lullaby,” and “Time to Say Goodbye.”
During intermission, Rodriguez and Kavanaugh mingled with concert goers and signed their CD’s. Rodriguez asked “our heroes, our veterans” to stand which elicited a rousing round of applause from the audience.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Rodriguez said to the veterans.
As East coast residents the couple expressed their concern for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. They are collecting funds for the families of the deceased and for the victims who are struggling to recover, Rodriguez said.
Season subscription information for the 2013-2014 concert series is available at www.munsterconcerts.orgor by contacting Christine Small at (219) 923-7879 or Babs Zandsra at (219) 924-2890.
The upcoming concert schedule features: Broadway and television star Hal Linden Nov. 9; Rock and Roll legends The Diamonds, Oct. 13; Irish tenor Anthony Kerns Jan. 19; pianist and comedian Dale Gonyea March 3; JessieLynch's Jazz 101 March 14; and Broadway star Franc D’Ambrosio April 5.