News Room

April 4, 2000


Alumni Musical Gala to Take Place at Middlebury College Center for the Arts on April 15


Event is Free and Open to the Public


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- As part of Middlebury College's Bicentennial Celebration, the College's music department will present an Alumni Musical Gala at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts on Route 30. The event will bring together alumni from musical and opera stages around the world; faculty; students; François Clemmons, founder and director of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble and Middlebury College Twilight Artist-in-Residence; and the College Orchestra, conducted by Evan Bennett. Both the performance and the reception following are free and open to the public.

The program includes: Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte;" Rossini's "The Barber of Seville;" Copland's "Old American Songs;" Rachmaninoff's "Aleko;" Barber's "Vanessa;" Verdi's "Ernani;" Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor;" and Wagner's "Prelude to Die Meistersinger."

The gala will feature alumni Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Wentzel, bass-baritone; and Matthew Curran, bass. Members of the music department Carol Christensen, soprano, and Beth Thompson Kaiser, soprano, will perform the premiere of "Nocturne," a piece written for them by Assistant Professor of Music Su Lian Tan.

For more information, contact the music department at 802-443-5221.