February 4, 2010
Valentine Opera Gala presents ‘The Many Splendors of Love’
MACON — Mercer University Opera will present a Valentine Opera Gala, “The Many Splendors of Love,” on Friday, Feb.12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Capitol Theatre. General admission tickets are $12 for balcony seats, $20 for floor seats and $35 for floor seats including pre-concert gala reception at 6 p.m. Student tickets are $8 with a valid ID. All proceeds will benefit Mercer Opera.
The gala will include songs, arias, and duets all about love. “The pieces will vary from happy, sad, and romantic, all focusing on the different aspects of love,” said Dr. Martha Malone, vocal chair and director of Mercer University Opera. “It’s the perfect date night for Valentine’s weekend.”
In addition to Mercer University Opera students, two alumni from Mercer’s Townsend School of Music — Mary Brooke Quarles and Laura Floyd — will perform, along with professional pianist and First Baptist Church organist Anne Armstrong.
The event will also have an educational component. The Cox Capitol Theatre received a grant from the Grassroots Arts program of the Macon Arts Alliance for local high school students to attend the gala for free. Doors for the public will open at 6:45 p.m. and the theatre’s full bar and restaurant will be open.
The Central Georgia Opera Guild will hold a champagne reception before the event starting at 6 p.m.
For more information and tickets call the Cox Theatre at (478) 257-6391.
About Townsend School of Music
Mercer is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Mercer’s Townsend School of Music and the Townsend-McAfee Institute Graduate Studies in Church Music offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. The School is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities and is home to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.
About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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