Opera Live! Masterworks Concert Series

by Public Relations

Cedarville University will present its annual gala concert in the popular Masterworks Concert Series, Opera Live! on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center Jeremiah Chapel. The concert will be directed by well-known conductor of the Springfield Symphony, Peter Stafford Wilson. Featured on the program are opera favorites by Verdi, Wagner and Borodin.  The audience will recognize the rousing “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il trovatore, delightful arias from Mozart’s beloved The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute and the lush grand finale from Borodin’s Prince Igor.

Guest conductor Peter Stafford Wilson is the music director of both the Springfield Symphony and the Westerville Symphony. In the current season, Wilson has also conducted numerous performances with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra. Additionally, he is currently the Principal Conductor for Tulsa Ballet.  Wilson is one of the most exciting and talked about conductors in the area, and his leadership in boosting attendance and sales for the Springfield Symphony has elicited much praise.

The featured soloists include Beth Cram Porter, chair for the department of music and worship, and Mark W. Spencer, associate professor of voice at Cedarville University.

According to professor of music and choral director Lyle Anderson, the University has provided annual productions of large-scale works involving orchestra, choirs, featured guest soloists and conductors for five decades.

Although Cedarville University produces and sponsors numerous musical events every year, Masterworks is unique in that it involves professional-level works from the greatest composers of classical music along with featured professional soloists and conductors.  Nearly all of the University’s choirs and instrumental groups join forces to produce these outstanding performances, involving more than 200 students for each event.

“Watching the students grow through the rehearsal process and the excitement and pride they feel after the performance is proof of the concert’s value in the curriculum,” said Porter. “It’s a lot of work, but worth the effort. It’s education!”

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (937) 766-7728.  Ticket sales benefit the Cedarville University Music Scholarship Fund. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.