Opera to Be Performed at CU, Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10
Athens, W.Va. – The ConChords will perform “Dido and Aeneas” Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center, H.C. Paul Theater.
“Dido and Aeneas” is England’s oldest opera and was written by Henry Purcell. Its first known performance was in an all girls school is 1689 in Chelsea, London. The story for “Dido and Aeneas” is based on a part of “Aeneid” by Virgil. Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Trojan refugee Aeneas fall in love after Aeneas and his crew are shipwrecked in Carthage. Tragedy strikes when Aeneas must leave Dido, who becomes heartbroken and later kills herself.
The ConChords is made up of Concord University students. The group is a small, select vocal ensemble that performs music in a wide variety of styles.
“This will be the first opera to be performed at Concord University, at least in a long time. We thought it would be a good experience for the kids,” Dr. Kelly Hudson, assistant professor of music, said.
ConChords performers are: Laura Elizabeth Auvil, Iaeger; Charles Daniels Jr., Parkersburg; Trent A. Estep, Summersville; Sara Golden, Rainelle; Jeremy Halstead, Peytona; Cara LeAnn Hatfield, Peterstown; Sarah Karnes, Princeton; Joan Landy, Naoma; Rachel Lucas, Newport, Va.; Robert Mattix, Charleston; Larry McGill, Poca; Mary Noble, Athens; James Leftwich, Hinton; Mackenzie Niel, Beckley; J. Nicole Reed, Giles, Va.; Kevin Rogers, Charles Town; Jordan Stadvec, Princeton; Devon Stewart, Clear Fork, and John Wisman, White Oak.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $2 for non-Concord students.
For more information on this or other events in the Alexander Fine Arts Center, contact the Concord University Box Office at 304-384-5101 or email@example.com.
PHOTO: The ConChords under the direction of Dr. Kelly Hudson at a recent performance.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.
Amanda Lee and Melissa Thomas students in Concord University’s communication arts department wrote this press release. Amanda’s hometown is Bluefield, and Melissa’s hometown is Peterstown.