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UNI School of Music and Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center collaborate to offer performance of 'Die Fledermaus'

January 12, 2011

Jonathon Thull, instructor, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2527,

Caroline Boehmer, administrative assistant, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music opera program will offer a performance of Johan Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the UNI campus.

Strauss' comedy revolves around practical jokes, faked identities, long-deliberated revenge and the power of champagne. The performance will appeal to the most schooled opera lover, as well as those new to the art form, with several operetta melodies by guest performers featured in the gala portion of Act II. Renowned for its music and signature waltzes, this operetta includes famous and recognizable tunes such as "The Champagne Waltz," "Adele's Laughing Aria" and "The Czardas."

Stage director Jonathon Thull noted, "The UNI production is using a recently adapted libretto (1989) by John Mortimer. We are further updating our production to Dec. 31, 1999. Traditionally, 'Die Fledermaus' is performed somewhere in Vienna on New Year's Eve, so the quirky antics, twists and turns lend itself for a performance on the eve of Y2K. Tradition blends with contemporary to make this production a unique and effervescent event."

Visiting artist and conductor Jonathan Girard is the musical director for the performance, leading the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, while UNI professor Korey Barrett is vocal coach.

The performance is part of the GBPAC's 2010-2011 artist series and features students from the School of Music's opera program. To order tickets, call 319-273-4TIX. For more information on this performance or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Boehmer 319-273-2028,