COEUR d’ALENE — The Love Your Library Concert to benefit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation is “Song Birds: Legendary Ladies of Song” Saturday, May 19. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30.
For this year’s concert, the foundation is bringing together the voices that have sung to support the library for several past performances and who are popular community music makers, said a press release from the library.
“Song Birds” will feature the talents of Ruth Pratt, Laura Sable, and Bill Wiemuth with selections from the best-known female voices down through the years.
The evening will also include a silent auction and no-host beer and wine served by Bakery By the Lake. The community sponsor for the concert is the Columbia Bank.
Tickets are $30 a person and are available online at www.brownpaperticket.com/event/3355353/.
Pratt served as executive director for the Library Foundation from 2003 to 2014. Born and raised in Ohio, she has degrees in speech and speech pathology, and a doctorate degree in organizational communication. She has lived in Coeur d’Alene since 2002 and in addition to her work for the library has been an active member of the arts community. She was a recipient of a Governor’s Award in the Arts in 2010.
Pratt is a vocalist specializing in music of the 1930s-1940s: jazz standards and the “great American songbook.” She currently performs with the Coeur d’Alene Big Band, Tuxedo Junction Big Band, and various smaller jazz groups in concerts around the Northwest.
Sable and Wiemuth live in Coeur d’Alene, but for the past several years they have performed at theaters, aboard hundreds of cruises, and at more than a thousand corporate events. They have performed for audiences from New York to Alaska to the Mississippi River to the United Kingdom to Australia.
Sable was born in Coeur d’Alene and grew up in Newport, Wash. She has worked as a professional singer and actress since the age of 18, when she got her first professional gig with the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre in the chorus of “Oklahoma!” Over the past two decades she has performed locally with the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre, the Lake City Playhouse, and she and Wiemuth were seen in Ellen Travolta’s production of “Christmas with Friends” at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
The couple met while working as “showboat entertainers” onboard the Grand American Queen Steamboat in 1998 and have since produced and performed countless custom duo shows for audiences across the globe.
They have previously performed benefit concerts for the Library Foundation — a tribute to Patsy Cline and a concert featuring the life and music of Woody Guthrie.