March 22, 2017
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Opera stars converge on stage at Huntingdon College
Montgomery, Ala.—Internationally renowned opera stars who normally perform with such landmark operas as the Metropolitan in New York and the Lyric Opera of Chicago will converge on stage at Huntingdon College for the 10th Anniversary Vann Vocal Institute Gala Celebrity Recital, Friday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The Vann Vocal Institute Gala Celebrity Recital will feature VVI artistic director David Cangelosi along with opera greats Kimberly Jones, Teresa Eickel, Lori Phillips, Mary Phillips, Richard Troxell, Raymond Aceto, Clifton Forbis, Alan Held, Steven Crawford, and Elizabeth Bucceri. Each of the performers has served or will serve as faculty for the Vann Vocal Institute. The recital is free and open to the public.
VVI is a program of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra that brings selected student opera singers from high school and college campuses for specialized vocal training and coaching by professional opera stars. The program was made possible by a bequest from Roy D. Vann and is supported by the NIB Foundation, The Pauls Foundation, and the Wilson family in addition to Huntingdon College.
The Gala Celebrity Recital precedes a day-long super master class for selected Vann Vocal Institute participants, Saturday, April 8. The class, conducted by David Cangelosi, is free and open to the public in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. At the conclusion of the master class, selected VVI participants will perform in a juried Emerging Artists Recital at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8. The Emerging Artists Recital is followed by the awarding of cash prizes.
VVI is part of Huntingdon College’s Community and Cultural Events Series, sponsored by Baptist Health.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America” by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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