Operatic arias, musical theater songs to be performed Feb. 17 at the Majestic Theater

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A collection of music from operatic arias to musical theater songs will be performed Feb. 17 at the Majestic Theater.

The Gettysburg College-Community Orchestra Pops Concert will feature guest vocalists Eric and Phoebe Fennell and Kathleen Sasnett. The orchestra is directed by music professor Daniel Levitov. The 2:30 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. The program will feature selections from musicals such as "Les Miserables," operas such as "La Boheme" and works by Strauss and Mascagni.

Renowned operatic tenor Eric Fennell has sung leading roles with the San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Boston Lyric and other operas. The Boston Globe reported that Fennell's "sweet lyric tenor is not only capable of great nuance but ready and able to trumpet out thrilling high notes." A native of Allentown, Pa., he received a bachelor of arts in music from Gettysburg College in 1995, and a master's in voice and artist diploma from Boston University, where he was a member of the Opera Institute. He splits his time between his residences in New York City and Easton, Pa., where he is an adjunct professor of voice at Lafayette College.

Soprano Phoebe Fennell has become well known for her versatility - from national television and international opera companies to off-Broadway and Carnegie Hall. She has won international honors for her work in contemporary opera, including 1st prize placements at the N.O.A. Chamber Competition, North American Contemporary Artist and T.W.E.E.D. New Music Festival. She is a sought after concert soloist and has performed Händel's "Messiah & Samson," Mozart's "Requiem," "Vesperrae Solennes" "Mass in C" in 1st and 2nd soprano solos, Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and Goreçki's "Symphony no. 3 (Sorrowful Songs)."

Sasnett is an operatic soprano who has performed many leading roles in opera, including "Vitellia," "Butterfly," Santuzza," "Leonora," "Lady Billows" and "Turandot," and more than 15 leading roles in musical theatre, including Maria in "Sound of Music," Lili in "Carnival," Marian in "Music Man," Fiona in "Brigadoon" and Aldonza in "Man of La Mancha." She has performed with more than 30 professional symphonies and choral groups, and was the featured soprano soloist in such varied works as Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Verdi's "Requiem," Mozart's "Requiem," Vaughn Williams' "Hodie" and Gounod's "St. Cecilia's Mass." Sasnett earned a doctoral of musical arts degree in vocal performance at The Ohio State University and is a professor of voice and opera at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.

Levitov is a professor of cello at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music and the newly appointed conductor of the Gettysburg College-Community Orchestra. Levitov is also the director of the Peabody Young Artists Orchestra and coordinator of preparatory cello at the Peabody Institute. Levitov has performed as a concerto soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi, Mendocino Festival Orchestra and Peabody Camerata. He is a cellist with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Levitov earned his bachelor's degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, master's from the Manhattan School of Music and doctorate of musical arts from the City University of New York.

The Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College combines Gettysburg's superb music tradition and its strengths as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 2005 through a $15.7 million gift from 1919 graduate Dr. F. William Sunderman Sr., the conservatory offers three degrees -- bachelor of music in performance, bachelor of arts in music, and bachelor of science in music education -- as well as a minor in music.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued: 2/7/08

By: Justin Brower, class of 2010 

Posted: Thu, 7 Feb 2008

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