Middlebury

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.