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Jim Calaway Honors Series presents evening of song

Staff Report

The Jim Calaway Honors Series presents an evening of Neapolitan song, musical theatre, opera and folk traditions at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 4 and 5, at Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley’s New Space Theater.

Performers will include soprano Jane Thorngren, tenor Walter MacNeil and pianist Debra Ayers.



Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

The performers will perform Neapolitan arias, the art songs of Strauss, and popular favorites such as “Danny Boy,” “The Last Rose of Summer” and the “Oklahoma” medley.



MacNeil has performed leading roles at the San Francisco Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. He performed with his father, the baritone Cornell MacNeil, in the opera “La Traviata,” which was videotaped and is now broadcast in Europe.

Thorngren has appeared extensively in leading operatic roles and on concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Avery Fisher Hall, the Paris Opera, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Festival de Musique Saint-Barthelemy in the French West Indies, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and PBS Live From Lincoln Center telecasts.

Ayers performs extensively as a recitalist with singers, instrumentalists, and chamber music ensembles. She is also director and artist-in-residence of the Colorado Mountain College Center for Excellence in the Arts.

The Jim Calaway Honors Series was founded in 1999 and combines excellence in the performing arts with recognition of philanthropy. The series is coordinated by the CMC Center for Excellence in the Arts.

Call or e-mail CMC Center for Excellence in the Arts to reserve tickets, 947-8367, cearts@coloradomtn.edu.


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