Opera Gala nearly doubles proceeds for student programs

Student vocalists from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock performed for the largest crowd to date for the annual Opera Gala held March 10 at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center.

Andrew Gerstenberger

Andrew Gerstenberger (tenor) sings during Opera Gala 2016 accompanied by pianist Dr. Kyung-Eun Na.

“The range of talent displayed among our students was simply stunning. Judging from the applause and numerous comments from the attendees, the audience agreed,” said Dr. Jeremy S. Lane, chair of the UALR Music Department.

Dr. Rosella Ewing produced and directed the opera dinner, and student vocalists were accompanied by pianist and musical coach, Dr. Kyung-Eun Na.

“It is a great testament to our vocal area faculty – Ewing, Na, Bevan Keating, Diane Kesling, and Ferris Allen – that the students are able to perform at such a high level,” added Lane.

Singers shined in performances like “Sing for your Supper” from “The Boys from Syracuse,” memorable ballad “Beautiful Dreamer” and the ensemble rendition of “Tonight” from “West Side Story.”
Under the leadership of Joseph Lampo, development director for the UALR College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, the student-centered benefit earned a 59 percent increase in ticket sales compared to last year.

Total donations also increased thanks to gifts, donations, sponsorships from Betty Richards and Colonial Wine and Spirits, and table sponsorships from Peyton Bishop, Dr. Marie Francine Bruyneel and Patrick Mathieu, Dean Shearle and Carolyn Furnish, Drs. Soledad and Hugo Jasin, and Mary Wildgen.

Amelia Loken

Amelia Loken. Amelia Loken (soprano) performs during Opera Gala 2016 at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center.

said Lane. “By sharing an evening of wonderful music with the Little Rock community, we are ensuring that students receive life-transforming experiences that help them develop into outstanding professionals.”

Support the university’s vocal arts program at ualr.edu/giving/event/opera-gala. To learn more about the vocals arts at UALR, go to ualr.edu/music.

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