A Cabaret of Opera from Mozart to Sondheim

3/27/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Department of Music will present two evenings of opera scenes in a cabaret format with vocalists and pianist Deb Logan that will take audiences on a journey through operettas and musical theatre from Mozart to Lerner & Lowe. The performances, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at Ashland University.

With songs from over 20 different musical productions, the program includes a mix of classic operettas as well as golden age and contemporary musical theatre from Mozart's Don Giovanni and Strauss' Die Fledermaus, to Lerner and Lowe's My Fair Lady and Brigadoon, as well as Ebb and Kander's Cabaret and Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.

Under the direction of Sandra Ross, this annual event features vocal performances from student singers. This year's female cast includes sopranos Gracie Fumic (Avon), Kendra Garver (Shreve), Elisha Hofer (Sandusky), Anna Rivero (Ashland), Ceyanna Stasick (Sullivan) and Rebecca Young (Sherwood, Ore.) along with mezzo-sopranos Sarah Napier (Willard) and Hannah Wise (Hartville). Male singers include tenors Jacob Poiner (Wellington) and Cory Turpin (Ashland) along with baritone Deric Dove (Newark).

Equally at home on both operatic and musical theater stages, Ross has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera North and Sorg Opera as well as nine seasons with the Ohio Light Opera. Some of her favorite roles have been Orlovsky, Carmen and Cherubino. In Hamburg, Germany, Ross appeared for two years as Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera. A frequent concert soloist, Ross has performed works including Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony under the direction of the composer; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Beethovens’s Missa Solemnis; Prokofieff's Alexander Nevsky; Mozart’s Requiem; Haydn’s Mass in Bflat Major; Handel’s Messiah; and Vivaldi’s Gloria; with organizations including the orchestras of Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Ashland, Toledo and Youngstown. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ross holds a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg University and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory where she studied with the renowned Ed Zambara.

For more information about the opera scenes and other music department performances, visit www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.     

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###

A Cabaret of Opera from Mozart to Sondheim

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