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March 9, 2018

The Department of Music will be performing two chamber operas for the SUU Music Masterworks Series. The first is the world premiere of How to Date a Coloratura, by Chicago composer Philip Seward. The second is Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.

“The students and I are so excited to be doing the world premiere of Philip Seward’s opera,” said professor Carol Ann Modesitt. “It has been challenging as well as fun for us to work on this project together. [Seward] has done a wonderful job of keeping the melodies tuneful while maintaining interesting harmonies, and incorporating snippets of other operas throughout the work. Claire Robinson and Ben Lieske, who are playing the lead characters, have risen to the challenge and I think the audience will enjoy the results.”

The evening will continue with the witty Trial by Jury written by Gilbert and Sullivan. First performed in 1875, this opera has remained a favorite of all audiences. This opera is performed in one act and will keep the audience in hysterics.

The spring opera will be March 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall of SUU’s Music Building, 351 W. University Blvd., Cedar City.

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