1) Appalachian’s Opera Theatre Presents “Amahl” and “The Impressario” Nov. 13-16
The Hayes School of Music Opera Theater will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “The Impresario” Nov. 13-16 at Appalachian State University. The one-act operas will be performed in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Performance times are 8 p.m. Nov. 13-15 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets $8 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased through the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Box Office. Both operas will be sung in English. Dr. Joseph Amaya is the artistic director for “Amahl” and John Fowler is the artistic director for “The Impresario.” Gian Carl Menotti’s Christmas opera is inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s famous painting “The Adoration of the Magi.” In the opera, a crippled boy and his mother encounter three kings on their way to Bethlehem. Amahl is cured when he gives his crutch to the kings. Only an hour in length, the one-act opera’s beautiful score and touching libretto is appealing to all ages and musical backgrounds. It remains an inspiring story of how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles. The opera is double cast, with Hayes School of Music students alternating performances. Amhal will be portrayed by Chloe Lucente and Nicole Barone. The role of Mother will be sung by Allison Deters and Sarah Cave. Ethan Garner and A.J. McCurry are cast as Kasper. Melchoir will be portrayed by Eli English and Coburn Jones. Jacob Cook will sing the role of Balthasar, while the role of the Page will be sung by Rhyle Duran and Robby Steinour. Additional students will perform in the chorus or as dancers. Mozart’s “The Impresario” is a one-act comedy in which two actresses audition for the lead role in the impresario’s opera production. Both are hired, but as each possesses oversized egos, they vie for the lead role by singing arias seeking to outdo the other as they illustrate their talent. Also double cast, Elizabeth Thomas and Alicia Colvard alternate in the role of Ms. Herz. Ms Silberklang is played by Elizabeth Chapa and Sarah Swan. The Impresario is portrayed by Steven Austin and Remy Martin. Puf the assistant is portrayed by Morgan Prince and Evan Gray. Also appearing in the opera are Kimberly Hilton and Farren Hilliard as the Secretary. Guest artists are portrayed by Lexi Stegman, Eli English, Ethan Garner and Josh Allen.
2) Watauga County Library Hosts Screening of Pink Floyd: The Wall Nov. 20
The Watauga County Public Library’s movie discussion group invites you to join us for a viewing of Pink Floyd: The Wall on November 20th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Director Alan Parker’s 1982 adaptation of Pink Floyd’s 1979 concept album The Wall traces the life of fictional protagonist, Pink Floyd, from his boyhood days in post-World-War-II England to his self-imposed isolation as a world-renowned rock star. Born to an overprotective war widow who lavishes him with equal measures of love and fear, Pink begins to build a mental wall between himself and the rest of the world. Every incident that causes him pain is another brick in Pink’s ever-growing wall. As his wall nears completion Pink spirals into a veritable wonderland of insanity, eventually transforming into the very dictatorial persona that antagonized the world during World War II, scarred his nation, killed his father, and in essence defiled his own life from birth. This film has an MPAA rating of R and an approximate run-time of 95 minutes. For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2
3) Hayes String Ensemble Performs Nov. 19
The Hayes String Ensemble will perform works by Mozart, Hovhaness, Dohnányi and Fauré Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free. Ensemble members are Amanda Gentile, violin, Audrey Sutton, viola, Nick Paolino, cello, and Rodney Ward, piano. The program includes “Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478” by Mozart, “String Trio, Op. 201” by Alan Hovhaness, “Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10” by Ernö V. Dohnányi and “Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15” by Gabriel Fauré.
4) WYN’r Winner Pasta Dinner Held Nov. 15
Western Youth Network will host a fundraising event, WYN’r Winner Pasta Dinner to be held at The Western Youth Network at 155 WYN Way in Boone. The event features a pasta dinner for $10 and The Slowest Bicycle Race in the High Country. Racers must sign a release form and pay $5 to enter. Helmets and two wheels are required. The race is really a race for second place. Two cyclists will race side-by-side form a start to finish line. The first racer to cross the finish line loses the race. The first racer to touch the ground is automatically eliminated. The top three racers will receive a custom-made trophy. These were donated by a local wood craftsman, Michael Owen. Boone Area Cyclists sponsor this event and all proceeds go directly to Western Youth Network. Tickets for dinner can be purchased at ReGear Outdoor Consignment. Race fees and registration will be paid at the event itself.