Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
UTSA honors Mozart's 250th birthday Oct. 20
By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist
(Oct. 18, 2006)--The UTSA Lyric Theatre and the Department of Music will present "A Mozart Opera Gala" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 in the Arts Building recital hall on the 1604 Campus.
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The concert will celebrate the 250th birthday of enduringly popular composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Four UTSA music alumni will return to campus to lend their voices to the concert honoring the composer's most popular pieces.
Returning alumni will include sopranos Jennifer Root, April Hufty and Jourdan Laine Burger, as well as lyric baritone John Seesholtz.
Performance pieces will include selections from "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro), "Don Giovanni," "Die Zauberflote" (The Magic Flute) and "Cosi fan tutte."
Jennifer Root, who is celebrating her fourth season with the Houston Grand Opera Studio, has been a featured singer in the company's performances of "La Nozze Di Figaro," "Don Giovanni" and the title character of Verdi's "Aida." Additionally, she has performed with the renowned Aspen Opera Theatre Center and in 2004 placed second in the Dallas Opera Guild vocal competition.
John Seesholtz, a recipient of the Irwin Bushman Award and the Alice Dutcher Thornton Award, currently is performing the role of Guglielmo in "Cose fan tutte" in Venice, Italy, as part of the Galuppi Opera Festival. A native of San Antonio, he is a full-time teaching fellow at the University of North Texas.
April Hufty, who teaches voice at O'Connor High School in San Antonio, has studied at the Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. A native of Abilene, she is the recipient of the 2002 National Association of Teachers of Singing Excellence Award.
Jourdan Laine Burger, a recent UTSA graduate, has performed with the Abilene Collegiate Opera and with Lyric Opera of San Antonio. She is the winner of the Kathleen Weir Vocal Excellence Award.
Guest artists for the gala performance will include Allyson Dawkins, principal violist of the San Antonio Symphony, and soprano Linda Poetschke, UTSA professor of voice.
Terence Frazor will lead the ensemble as guest conductor. Frazor, who is music director and conductor of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, has served as guest conductor with leading orchestras in Europe and North and South America, including the American Symphony Orchestra (New York), Sao Paulo State Symphony (Brazil) and the Mozarteum Orchestra (Austria).
Tickets for the event are $25 and will be available at the door or in advance by calling (210) 458-5685.