Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Lighthearted A&M-Kingsville Opera Ensemble Presentation Celebrates Hispanic Music, Dance April 25-26, Free for Public

KINGSVILLE - April 15, 2008

Contact: jas
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Javelina also scheduled to perform

The Opera Ensemble of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s department of music honors Cinco de Mayo early with two free performances of the comedic Spanish opera “The Festival of the Dove” by Tomás Breton Friday-Saturday, April 25-26 at 8 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, near the intersection of Armstrong Street and Santa Gertrudis Avenue.

Featured in “The Festival of the Dove” will be Ballet Folklorico, the campus Mexican folk dancing troupe. They also will perform separately, along with campus group Mariachi Javelina.

The public is invited to attend this event, spoken in English and sung in Spanish.

“The Festival of the Dove” is a zarzuela, which is a Spanish opera with spoken dialogue and, generally, a comedic theme. The story focuses on Don Hilarion, who decides to take two sisters as his dates to a festival. Mayhem builds from there, thanks to a cast of unique characters, including the sisters’ materialistic aunt, one of the sisters’ jilted boyfriends, two bumbling policemen and a night security guard, among others.

Dr. Sheila Siobhan, assistant professor of voice, directs this production. Dr. John Ector, visiting instructor and director of choral activities, conducts and Anna Cardenas serves as choreographer.

Professor emeritus of music Dr. Robert C. Scott joins the student cast of “The Festival of the Dove,” which is as follows:

Christopher A. Leach, a music education junior from Kingsville, plays Don Hilarion; Albert Garcia, a music education/voice and piano performance freshman from Beeville, plays Julian; Andrea Keyes, a biomedical science sophomore from Houston, plays Rita; Vanessa Mora, a music education sophomore from Weslaco, also plays Rita; Malarie Garza, a music education junior from Beeville, plays Susana; Rebecca Gamboa, a music education senior from San Benito, also plays Susana; Leslie Rocha, a music education freshman from Pharr, plays Casta; Linda Sierra, a music education sophomore from San Juan, also plays Casta; Brandon Callis, a agricultural science junior from Corpus Christi, plays Antonia; Emmanuel Eaton, a music education sophomore from Harlingen, plays Don Sebastien; Francisco Cano, a music education senior from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, plays Guard I; Allen Lowe, a music education/history sophomore from Victoria, plays Guard II; Melissa Sanchez, a music education senior from McAllen, plays the Guard’s Wife; Timothy Willoughby, a music performance sophomore from Corpus Christi, plays Tabernero; and Audrey Quintero, a music education senior from Sinton, plays Cantadora.

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