Opera to be featured at spring concert

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by jamesc  4/9/2018 4:55:31 PM --  NORFOLK, NE – Since its inception over 500 years ago, opera has been a mainstay in entertainment. Soon, the Northeast Community College Music Department will continue to showcase this traditional form of music from Mozart, Gilbert and Sullivan and Bizet, among others during its annual spring concert. The concert will be held Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk.

Under the direction of Dr. Linda Boullion, the Northeast Concert Choir will perform.

Vocal selections at the concert will include “If Music Be the Food of Love,” Lascia Ch’io Pianga,” “Nightfall,” “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal,” and “Stodola Pumpa.”

Margaret Schultz is the accompanist.

The Northeast College/Community Concert Band, under the direction of Kevin McLouth, music instructor/director of instrumental activities, will also perform.

Selections by the concert band will include Mozart’s “Overture from the Magic Flute,” “Sullivan’s Operatic Gems,” “Carmen Suite,” “I. Overture.” “III. Toreador Song,” and “Let It Go” from the Disney animated film, “Frozen.” Boullion will serve as a soloist in the last piece. 

In addition, a percussion ensemble will perform a “Few Good Men,” by Chris Brooks.

“Most mainstream ‘operas’ of today are called musicals, but if we stretch the definition just a little, we can include animated musicals,” McLouth said. “This concert is designed to be our salute to opera.”

The concert is free and open to the public.

Members of the Concert Choir include:

Sopranos - Rachel Biehl, Lexington; Erika Burritt, Osceola; Kaylee Carlson, Ithaca; Morgan Kavulak, Bee; Brittany Merry, Osceola; Sydnie Niemann, Wayne; Cecelia Ponce, Hartington; and Kala Rast, Newman Grove.

Altos - Emma Meisenheimer, Hartington; Madison Morten, Hartington; Katherine Perrigan, Pierce; Cassandra Rinkel, Pierce; Tory Tammen, Crofton; and K.C. Carey, Norfolk.

Bass - Joe Davis, Norman, OK; Caleb Franzen, Columbus; Alex Retzlaff, Pierce; and Sheldon Wattier, Norfolk.

TenorsRyan Dusel, Tilden; and Justin Fentress, Oakland.

Members of the Concert Band include:

Flute - Carrie Jensen, Norfolk; Annika Johansen, Norfolk; Virginia Maas, Hoskins; Linda Steele, Norfolk; and Marie Scheer, Madison.

Trumpet - Shelbi Fergerson, Elmwood; Nick Gubbels, Randolph; Sarah Harrod, Norfolk; Melora Hirschman, Norfolk; Lynn Matthies, Norfolk; and Les Swanson, Norfolk.

Clarinet – Karen Goetsch, Norfolk; Michelle Krula, Rogers; Kala Rast, Newman Grove; Wanda Retzlaff, Plainview; and Sue Sieler, Norfolk.

Oboe – Brooke Painter, Norfolk.

Horns - Bryan Hirschman, Norfolk; Pat Leavell, Norfolk; and Zia Moore, Neligh.

Bass Clarinet - Cecelia Ponce, Hartington; and Jamie Stange, Norfolk.

Trombone – Randy Neuharth, Norfolk; Jacob Mann, Winside; Zach Morris, Winside; Josh Fulton, Norfolk; Jerimy Placke, Palmer; and Zac Snyder, Fairbury.

Baritone - Ken Hamsa, Norfolk; and Blake Heithoff, Neligh.

Alto Sax - Judene Abels, Norfolk; Nathan Bilyeau, Battle Creek; Rhyan Kotrous, Verdigre; Britnay McConnell, Neligh; and Daniel Weitzmann, Norfolk.

Baritone Sax - Holden Vavricek, Rising City.

Tenor Sax - Ryan Colsden, Stanton; Josh Hughes, Norfolk; and Alex Pulscher, Alcester, SD.

Soprano Sax – Britany McConnell, Neligh.

Tuba – Seth Rivest, Battle Creek; and Corbin Dean, O’Neill.

Percussion - Ben Viergutz, Norfolk; Connor Lemke-Elznic, Winside; Madisen Randa, Verdigre; and Paul Muncy, Norfolk.



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