March 19, 2009
Singers and actors from Morningside College and Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) will be performing scenes from a selection of operas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at WITCC Auditorium on WITCC campus, 4647 Stone Ave., and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at Eppley Auditorium on the Morningside campus, 3625 Garretson Ave.
The program will include excerpts, in English, from such pieces as Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Kate Saulsbury, adjunct voice faculty and director of Leo Kucinski Academy of Music at Morningside College, and Shannon Salyards, Midwest operatic performer, will be the musical directors of the program. The stage director is Steven Lundberg, adjunct faculty member at Morningside College.
Morningside students performing in the concert include: Nick Anderson, a freshman from Sioux City; Megan Beery, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa; Britt Gebhardt, a junior from Sioux City; Yuriko Hiroura, a sophomore from Ota-Ku, Tokyo; Ian Hoesing, a freshman from Bronson, Iowa; Autumn Knipp, a freshman from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Annika Kolbo, a junior from Sioux City; Nick McGraw, a senior from Sioux City; Katie Rasmussen, a sophomore from Jefferson, Iowa; Athena Riesenberg, a sophomore from Sioux City; Geana Schneider, a senior Merrill, Iowa; and Jaimie Stevicks, a freshman from Alta, Iowa.
Assisting as pianist will be Michele Grossman, a faculty member for the Kucinski Academy. Costume design and construction is provided by Randy Peters, director of the Betty Ling Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series at Morningside. The props mistress is Maggie Konecne, a junior from Humboldt, Iowa. Technical support is provided by Suzy Turnquist, administrative assistant for the Kucinski Academy.
Tickets for either performance are $6 for adults and $1 for faculty, staff and students with school I.D.