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Ohio Wesleyan’s Opera Theatre to Present ‘The Monteverdi Project’
Nov. 6-8 Performances Represent a Contemporary, Multimedia Staging of Madrigals

October 23, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University students will sing madrigals by one of the first opera composers during three performances of Opera Theatre on Nov. 6-8 in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St.

Madrigals from Claudio Monteverdi’s Book 7 “Concerti” and Book 8 “Madrigals of Love and War” will be performed in the original Italian language. The songs have multiple parts and are performed without musical accompaniment. Monteverdi composed during the late 16th and early 17th centuries and was very influential in the early development of opera.

Opera Theatre performances will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 6-7 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 8. General admission tickets are $7; tickets for senior citizens, students with valid IDs, and Ohio Wesleyan employees are $5. Call (740) 368-3700 for reservations.

Opera Theatre has been a tradition for many years for Ohio Wesleyan students participating in the Department of Music’s Opera Workshop Class. For the first time, however, a multimedia production will be part of this presentation, said Jason Hiester, Opera Theatre music director and an OWU assistant professor of music. The stage director is Tim Veach, artistic director of Columbus Dance Theater and an adjunct faculty member.

Students singing in the performance include: juniors Chantel Deane of South Dartmouth, Ma.; Jessica Spafford of Chicora, Pa.; and Lauren Spavelko of Pickerington,Ohio; sophomores Sarah Kenny of Copley, Ohio; Elizabeth Mommott of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Keith Tankersley of Pataskala, Ohio; and first-year students Michelle Christian of Orlando, Fla.; and Samantha Mason of Hiram, Ohio.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Sanborn Hall, home of Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Music. The anniversary is being celebrated throughout the academic year with “100 Random Acts of Music,” unscheduled and unannounced performances by singers and musicians throughout the OWU campus and Delaware community.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.