Opera Westminster to Present "The Merry Widow" Oct. 28

Monday, October 17, 2011

Opera Westminster will present The Merry Widow Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The program is free and open to the public.

Franz Lehar's operetta will be sung in English by Westminster students, faculty, and guest artists.

Westminster faculty in the production include: Dr. Beverly Cushman, associate professor of religion and Christian education, cast as Clo Clo; Dr. Larry Miller, associate professor of chemistry, cast as Viscomte Cascada; and Dr. Peter Smith, associate professor of chemistry, cast as Njegus. 

The event is coordinated by stage director Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, Westminster associate professor of music, and orchestra conductor Mihai Vilcu, Westminster adjunct music faculty.  Westminster adjunct music faculty Marie Libal-Smith is pianist and an orchestra of Westminster faculty, students, and guest musicians will provide instrumental support.

Contact Bentz at (724) 946-6045 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th 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 376 Colleges" 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 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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