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'Orange is the New Black' Star Hosting Lakeside Pride Ensembles' Show

By Adeshina Emmanuel | October 2, 2014 8:43am | Updated on October 2, 2014 10:16am
 Actress Lea DeLaria.
Actress Lea DeLaria.
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UPTOWN — Lea DeLaria, one of the stars of the Netflix show "Orange is the New Black," has been tapped to host Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles' "Women in Music" celebration.

The event features a day of performances from female musicians, singers, composers and conductors, and kicks off Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave.

A release said that the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, under the direction of longtime conductor Kyle Rhoades, will perform the masterworks planned for the show.

DeLaria is scheduled to host the show. The Belleville, Illinois native was the first openly gay comedian to appear on late night television when she appeared on the Arsenio Hall show in 1993. She plays inmate Carrie "Big Boo" Black on "Orange is the New Black."

Artemis Singers, billed as the country's "first lesbian feminist chorus," will partner with Lakeside's symphonic band for a rendition of "Light the Fire Within," a song written for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. The chorus will also perform a couple other pieces during the show.

The event includes the opportunity for attendees to bid on silent auction items, with proceeds benefiting the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles.

Tickets cost $25, but seniors and students get the discounted price of $12. A limited number of tickets, for $75, can be purchased for a "VIP experience with DeLaria," which includes a meet-and-greet and reception with the comic, as well as admission.

To buy tickets online, click here.

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