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April 30-May 1: Rock, Pop & Opera Performance

Students from Department of Music vocal studios to perform.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 4-11-2016

MANKATO, Minn. – Students from the Department of Music vocal studios will perform on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The performance is titled, “Rock, Pop, & Opera” and is directed by Nicholas Wayne from the University's theatre department (pictured at right) and Stephanie Thorpe from the University's music department (pictured below).

The concert will feature vocal and instrumental students performing in a contemporary combination of rock, folk, pop, musical theatre, and operatic vocal genres. Musical selections will range from Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon to Queen and Imagine Dragons.

The students are thrilled about this performance experience.

Freshman music major Anastasia Ellis remarked, “Being in this opera has been a great learning experience not just with singing but with acting and making every movement have a purpose. Even though there are lots of songs and choreography to learn, this experience actually allows me to relax and not care about anything but portraying a character. It's like being in theatre all over again!”

Music major Samantha Lange adds, “This pop, rock, and opera show is going to be awesome because of the lighting and fog effects and the killer voices. The shows will combine a lot of different elements.”

General admission is $12 and $11 for University students with a valid MavCARD. Discounted tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. T

hose who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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