The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts

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Atria Books
Publish Date
October 16, 2018
5.5 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Charity Tillemann-Dick is a soprano and top-selling Billboard classical artist. She studied music at the Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where she was a Fulbright scholar. Raised in Denver, Colorado with eleven brothers and sisters, she currently resides with her husband in Washington, DC.


"In this heartrending, passionate, and surprisingly humorous account of the conjunction between art and death, Charity Tillemann-Dick gives us the performance of a lifetime."--Andrew Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree
"Like any great performer, Charity Tillemann-Dick captures her audience's heart right from the beginning. Her journey follows an improbable course from the majesty of the great Rocky Mountains, to the glittering concert halls of Europe, to the quiet rooms of grief and death. But she doesn't end there. This intimate view into a courageous woman's long, dark night will remind you of the stars that light your bleakest hours, and make you grateful for every sunrise."--Jill Biden
"Is opera meaningful to society today? The Encore is a categorical answer: Yes. Each scene breathes new purpose into some of the greatest scores in history. The music of Charity Tillemann-Dick's prose carries this impossible journey to an inspirational point of majesty and sacred beauty."--Denyce Graves-Montgomery, international opera singer, professor of Voice at Peabody Conservatory
"This is the story of a genuine medical miracle, facilitated by the best of modern medicine. The Encore reminds us that art and science belong together, creating synergies that promote the deepest kind of healing."--Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president & CEO, Cleveland Clinic
"An uplifting story of overcoming significant odds to fulfill a dream." --Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president & CEO, Cleveland Clinic "Kirkus Reviews"
"Inspiring . . . a moving memoir."--Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president & CEO, Cleveland Clinic "Publishers Weekly"
"As a testament to the power of faith, love, prayer, and music, this self-portrait of courage and grace under extreme pressure will engage and inspire."--Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president & CEO, Cleveland Clinic "Booklist"
"One of the best books I've ever read about the effects of chronic illness on the human spirit."--Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president & CEO, Cleveland Clinic "Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal"