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.