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Sept. 26, 2003


CONTACT: Julie Pretzat, 312-2130


GROUPS JOIN VOICES FOR 'GREAT OPERA CHORUSES'

    OSWEGO -- The Oswego Opera Theatre and Oswego Festival Chorus will join forces to present "Great Opera Choruses," a concert with arias, at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Oswego High School's Ralph M. Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts. Julie Pretzat, professor and chair of music at SUNY Oswego, directs the chorus, which will be joined by three soloists.

    Oswego Festival Chorus selections will include "The Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's "Lohengrin," "The Bell Chorus" from Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci," "The Anvil Chorus" from Verdi's "Il Trovatore," and additional choruses from Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," Smetana's "The Bartered Bride" and Bizet's "Carmen."

    Three soloists well known around Central New York -- RoseMarie Cerklewich, Carol Ansell Spradling and Bill Black -- will join the chorus for arias.

    Cerklewich, a soprano, has performed with Oswego Opera Theatre as Mabel in "Pirates of Penzance" and Berta in "The Barber of Seville." She has also sung as a guest artist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and performed in last year's semi-staged version of Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" with the Buffalo Philharmonic.

    While Spradling, a mezzo-soprano, may be new to the Oswego stage, she is familiar to Syracuse audiences through performances with such companies as the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Civic Morning Musicals, Society for New Music and Masterworks Chorale. The music director at St. Augustine's in Baldwinsville, Spradling serves on the Diocese of Syracuse music committee where she presents cantor training workshops. She has performed at the Diocese of Syracuse convention and the Society of Composers International convention.

    Black's many operatic and musical theatre leads around Central New York include Oswego Opera Theatre appearances as Noah in "Noye's Fludde" and the Pirate King in "Pirates of Penzance." He is an active oratorio soloist, having performed major works by Handel, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Orff. Black also has sung with the Syracuse Opera as well as that organization's education and outreach division, the Syracuse Opera Ensemble.

    New SUNY Oswego music faculty member Robert Auler will accompany the chorus and soloists on piano. He has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, recently completing a tour of Venezuela where he performed the works of American and Venezuelan composers as well as 20th century European works.

    Auler has toured Europe performing Gershwin's "Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra" and played with the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club for concerts in New York's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Faneuil Hall and Washington's Kennedy Center.

    Tickets for the "Great Opera Choruses" concert are available in advance from the Tyler Hall box office by calling 312-2141, or at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Persons with disabilities seeking accommodations to attend this event should contact the SUNY Oswego department at 312-2130 in advance.

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