CMU Opera Workshop Presents Songs of Love and Celebration
Beginning on Valentine's Day, guests can bring their sweeties (or come alone) to Central Methodist University's Opera Workshop, where students will be singing songs of love and celebration from a variety of musical sources.
The opera, operetta, and musical selections will be presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 14-16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall in the Swinney Conservatory on the Fayette campus.
Delectable musical selections are drawn from Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing, Berlin's Call Me Madam, Loesser's Most Happy Fella, Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse, Schonberg's Les Miserables, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, and Bernstein's Candide.
Opera and operetta scenes come from Bizet's Carmen, Delibes' Lakme, Lehar's Gypsy Love, Joplin's Tremonisha, Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Rossini's Barber of Seville, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and Copland's The Tenderland.
The ensemble presenting this sweet treat includes 17 students and one professor, all directed by Dr. Susan Quigley-Duggan, associate professor of voice and opera. Adjunct professor of music Thomas Arnold will be featured with the following students:
Calley Rogers (senior, Lebanon), Crystal Beeler (freshman, Fayette), Shawna Crisler (sophomore, St. Clair), Cortney Myers (sophomore, Fayette), Brittany Losh (junior, Pacific), Anna Kay (freshman, Boonville);
Victoria Warren (sophomore, Fayette), Aubrey Taylor (senior, Columbia), Tanjie Hoover (junior, New Franklin), Rebecca Shroyer (junior, Boonville), Rebekah Monroe (freshman, Lebanon);
Alex Kirby (junior, Columbia), Michael O'Neill (senior, Pleasant Hill), Thomas Myers (sophomore, Fayette), Dane Johnson (sophomore, Columbia), Levi Gerke (sophomore, Pilot Grove), Stephen Welsh (junior, Columbia), Dakota Gladbach (senior, Brookfield), and Joe Jefferies (sophomore, Fayette).
The ensemble will be accompanied by Kelley Head, adjunct professor of music, on piano; and pianist Ann Marie Pelley, who will assist on the closing number.
All are invited to come and there is no cost. Donations, however, will be gratefully accepted to support the production of this summer's Gilbert and Sullivan workshop, Topsy-Turvey Summer Showcase: The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan, in June.
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