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KU Opera Gala to feature favorites from the world of opera

Thursday, April 7, 2016

LAWRENCE – More than 160 students from the University of Kansas School of Music will come together April 30 to perform a concert of opera favorites at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri.

The KU Opera Gala, a capstone performance for the School of Music, will be conducted by David Neely, director of orchestral activities, and will showcase the talents of the KU Symphony Orchestra, opera and voice majors, and choirs. The program is an enjoyable mix of highlights from beloved operas, and includes the Duet from The Pearl Fishers, the Song to the Moon from Rusalka, Entrance of the Guests from Tannhäuser, Trio from Der Rosenkavalier, The Flower Duet from Madama Butterfly, Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre and Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nüremberg.

“Opera galas at the Kauffman Center are among the highlight performances for the School of Music,” said Robert Walzel, dean of the School of Music. “They are fun and rewarding and not to be missed.”

The concert will be 7 p.m. April 30 at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. Tickets are free, thanks to the generous support of sponsors Reach Out Kansas, Inc., the Law Offices of Smithyman & Zakoura and the Zakoura Family Foundation. Tickets must be reserved by calling 816-994-7222 or at www.kauffmancenter.org. Seats are limited.

“With 160 participants, the gala allows a wide segment of our music students the opportunity to perform opera. The program is a mix of arias, ensembles, choruses, and orchestral features performed in a concert setting. Being able to take this to a world-class venue like Helzberg Hall is particularly rewarding,” said Neely, who conceived the first gala concert in 2009. 

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