Free Benefit Concert Sunday to Aid Celis Family

After opera singers gave a successful benefit concert in Scottsdale this weekend to support the family of missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis, it’s now Tucson’s turn.

 The free Sunday evening performance will include works by Verdi, Bach, Copland and more.

Any donations will go directly to the Isabel Mercedes Celis Fund, established by the TMC Foundation to aid the family after Isabel went missing from her central Tucson home last month.

Amy Street Williams, a soprano in the Arizona Opera Chorus, said fellow singers wanted to do what they can to help, especially since Isabel’s father has been a tenor in the chorus for years. “When you sing with people, you travel together and perform together and you become almost like a small family.”

The “Voices of Hope” concert in Tucson has expanded beyond singers from the opera, since Sergio Celis has sung with so many other members of the Tucson community, Williams said.

“We’re artists. None of us are rich, but the one thing we can give is our voices,” she said, adding about 100 people came to the Scottsdale show on Sunday.

The event generated close to $3,000 for the fund administered by TMC, where Isabel’s mother works as a nurse.

Karina Cole will be singing mezzo soprano in the concert Sunday. A nurse at TMC in the cardiac intensive care unit, Cole has sung with Sergio Celis for 9 years. “When something like this happens, you have to do all that you can do to help,” Cole said. “We really just want to keep hope alive and keep raising awareness.”

The event will take place Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd.

Anyone inclined to make a contribution to support the family in this difficult time are invited to visit

Under “Gift Options” in the dropdown menu, please select the “Isabel Mercedes Celis Fund.”

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