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UNI School of Music and Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center to present opera gala

February 7, 2013

Sandra Walden, assistant professor, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2353,

Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI School of Music and Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will collaborate to present the UNI Opera Gala. The gala will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, in the GBPAC Great Hall, on the UNI campus. A 10 a.m. performance will be offered on Friday, Feb. 22 as part of the GBPAC Kaleidoscope series. The performances will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble under the direction of Sandra Walden, director, and Korey Barrett, vocal coach, and will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra led by Rebecca Burkhardt.

The concert, an event created to benefit the scholarship and production funds of the UNI Opera Ensemble, will feature some of opera's most memorable music. Featured works include Dame Ethel Smyth's "The Wreckers," Verdi's "Il Trovatore," Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffman," Kálmán's "Countess Maritza" and Bernstein's "Candide."

The gala will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble with student soloists, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Concert Chorale, faculty artist Jeffrey Brich, guest alumni artist Austin Kness and more.

Tickets range from $12 to $35 and may be purchased through the GBPAC box office at 319-273-4TIX or by visiting For more information on this or other School of Music events, call 319-273-2028 or visit