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  • PSU students to perform opera scenes

  • Students in the Pittsburg State University Opera Workshop will present a free public performance of  scenes from opera, operetta and musical theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall, McCray Hall.

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  • Students in the Pittsburg State University Opera Workshop will present a free public performance of  scenes from opera, operetta and musical theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall, McCray Hall.
    Patrick Howle, Opera Workshop director, said that scenes will be performed from “Don Giovanni” by W.A. Mozart; “Street Scene” by Kurt Weill, which brought the composer the first Tony Award for best original score after its Broadway debut in 1947; “La Rondine” by Giacomo Puccini; “Suor Angelica,” also by Puccini; “Romeo et  Juliette” by  Charles Gounod; “Naughty  Marietta” by Victor Herbert and “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi.
    Singing will be Kristina Parsons, Alyssa Marsh, Jayson Canton, Jee Yeun Kim, Madison Youngberg King, Katie Knoles, Jung Hee Lee, Samantha Bradshaw, Genile Dennison, Madison Youngberg, Mara Knight, Vera Stone, Peyton Simpson, Katie Sites, Taylor Watkins, Kalee Woody, Josh Crown, Aaron Hayse, Jordan Riggs, Anthony Nelson, Cullen Messer, Devonta Thomas and Rico McKay.
    Pianist will be Meiling Jin.
    “They’ve been working on this for a little less than two months and they’ve done it,” Howle said. “I’m proud of them.”
    Alyssa Marsh, a PSU junior with a minor in music, said she had been working with Howle for three years.
    “He’s a great teacher,” she said. “I just perform all I can.”
    That includes singing in the chorus of the Tulsa Opera Company.
    “Several of the students sing in Tulsa chorus,” Marsh said.
    Among them are Jayson Canton, PSU senior music major who plans to attend graduate school and earn a master’s degree in vocal performance, then try his luck at developing a career in the music field.
    He said that programs such as the PSU Opera Workshop, in addition to giving an enjoyable taste of opera to audiences, are important for those interested in pursuing a music career, or just wanting to improve their singing skills.
    “They give students an opportunity to perform,” Canton said. “You have to learn how to sing in front of people, learn to act, learn to sing with co-singers. The more performances you have, the better you will get.”
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