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October 12, 2001
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Fund- Raiser Concert Planned
Three well- known vocalists from the Black Hills area will perform a benefit concert for the Save Our School Music effort on Friday, Nov. 2 at the First United Methodist Church in Rapid City. Dr. James D. Feiszli, Director of Music at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, tenor Corey Jacobs and soprano Michelle Regan will join together for an evening of vocal music ranging from artsong to opera arias. Accompanying the singers will be pianist Lori Looyenga, Director of Bands at Dakota Middle School in Rapid City.
There is no admission charge for this performance although a freewill offering will be taken. All proceeds will go to the Save Our School Music effort in the Rapid City School District. Doors open at 7: 15 p. m. and the performance begins at 7: 30 p. m.
Included in this performance will be the cycle of George Herbert poetry set by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams titled the “ Five Mystical Songs.” The group also will perform opera favorites by Handel, Puccini, Gounod and Verd. Regan will perform “ Mio Caro Bene,” an aria by George Frederic Handel designed for the Baroque virtuosos known as tenor castrati – males castrated at puberty to preserve their beautiful soprano voices. Feiszli will perform a famous tenor tour de force as he sings nine high “ C” s in Donizetti’s “ Pour mon âme.” Other favorite tenor arias will include Verdi’s “ La donna è mobile,” one of the selections under study in the Rapid City school district Music Memory program, and Puccini’s Nessun dorma. Rounding out the evening’s fare will be a set of Spanish songs by Regan that exhibit influences of flamenco and classical guitar and a set by Jacobs of German artsongs by Schumann, Brahms, and Strauss.
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