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March 2009

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ASU Concert Chorale to Present Opera Classics

The Angelo State University Concert Chorale will perform a spring concert of celebrated opera classics on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Cactus Hotel, 36 E. Twohig Ave. The concert is open free to the public.

Selections for the evening include “Neighbor’s Chorus” from Offenbach’s comedy “La Jolie Parfumeuse,” Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” which is also known as the popular song “Stranger in Paradise,” “Easter Hymn” from Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Stomp Your Foot” from “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland, and the overture from Rossini’s opera based on the legend of William Tell. All works were chosen from French, Russian, Italian and American opera repertoires.

Also on the program are “Voyagers Chorus” from Mozart’s first opera seria, “Idomeneo,” “Make Our Garden Grow” from Bernstein’s operetta “Candide.”

The concert will conclude with a medley of favorites from George Gershwin’s popular 1935 work, “Porgy and Bess.”

Two ASU choral music alumni will return as guest soloists for the evening. Soprano Angela Ochoa will be joined by Dr. Kevin Lambert, dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, for the “Brindisi” duet from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” “The Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen” will feature mezzo soprano Demaree Brown as the seductive temptress. Dr. Scott Raines, associate professor of voice, will offer the robust “Toreador Song.”

A chamber ensemble of strings, winds and piano will accompany the chorale and soloists. Dr. Pamela Lee, professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the performance.

The concert will also be broadcast on KCSA radio, 95.7 FM.

For more information, call the ASU Art and Music Department at 942-2085.