Opera Westminster to Present Strauss' "Wiener Blut" Oct. 31

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Opera Westminster will present "Wiener Blut" ("Viennese Blood") Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The production is free and open to the public.

Johann Strauss' operetta, which premiered several months after his death, provides an evening of waltzes and singing.

The event is coordinated by stage director Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, Westminster associate professor of music.

Assisting in the production are Westminster faculty Mihai Valcu as conductor and Marie Libal-Smith as accompanist. An orchestra of Westminster faculty, students, and guest artists will provide instrumental support.

Guest artist Daniel Byerly will portray Count Zedlau. The dance troupe includes Westminster students, as well as Westminster faculty Dr. Jacque King, assistant professor of business; Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology and faculty development officer, who will be partnered with Ronald Webster, network technologies specialist; and community members Nathan Parrott and Bob and RuthAnn Sholler.

Contact Bentz at (724) 946-6045 or e-mail bentzah@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges. Westminster ranked third among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 371 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus.

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