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WELCOME FROM THE NATCHEZ FESTIVAL OF MUSIC “Without music, life would be a mistake.â€? Dr. Jay Dean and the Board of Directors of the Natchez Festival of Music have collaborated to present a season that will prove that Frederick Nietzsche was indeed correct in that statement! I am always amazed at the willingness and abilities of our many volunteers on whom we rely for the success and continuity of this Festival. Board members, Housing Angels, Food Angels, and Committee Chairmen, along with all those who make monetary or in-kind donations, all prove that great things can be accomplished through volunteerism. We are all grateful to Dr. Dean for his constant guidance, KLVH[HPSODU\DWWLWXGHDQGKLVDELOLW\WRUHFUXLWWKHĂ€QHVWVLQJers and musicians. His unwavering dedication to Natchez has allowed us to continue to provide Natchez and the surrounding area with entertainment of the highest quality. It is always such a special treat for us to have these emerging artists in Natchez. For the weeks that they are here, we are

treated with extra “perks� that we do not experience the rest of the year. Whether you encounter them at a scheduled function, in your church, in the coffee shop, or on the street, please welcome them. To all who are joining us at our special events, thank you for being a part of the Natchez Festival of Music by your presence. If you traveled to Natchez from other places, we hope that you enjoy your stay here and that you will join us in the future as we continue to endeavor to provide high quality entertainment for you.

Sincerely, Diana Glaze, Chairman

Dear Festival-goers, The Natchez Festival of Music’s “Sound� hits our river town with a diverse series of events that celebrate the merging of historic eras, three different centennial seasons, and musical offerings spanning three continents. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 28th season of the Natchez Festival of Music. Our Opening Night Gala Concert features Mac McAnally and members of the Coral Reefer Band. Mac McAnally is, beyond dispute, one of the most respected musicians of our time. A long-time member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, McAnally has written numerous classic songs for some of the leading popular artists of our time including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Sawyer Brown, and Jimmy Buffett. His peers have honored him as Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year for an unprecedented nine years and have elected him to both the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Our season slates several events celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, the bicentennial of Charles Gounod, and the tricentennial of New Orleans. We also bring in top vocal performers from all over

the United States who will be featured in Stephen Sondheim’s smash hit musical, A Little Night Music as well as Gounod’s iconic opera Faust. The season continues with several now-traditional and fan-favorite events, Rossini, Puccini, and Martinis, and Rockin’ on the River at Bowie’s. We will present an engaging evening of Phantom and Beyond: The Majestic World of the Organ, celebrating the power of this legendary instrument with everything from Bach to 3KDQWRPRIWKH2SHUDDQGĂ€OPVFRUHVE\-RKQ:LOOLDPV We will feature The British Invasion of Natchez II: Sgt. Pepper’s Onward, which includes songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who, and more, and then celebrate an evening of “HOTâ€? salsa music with our Havana Nights event. Sincerely, Jay Dean, Artistic Director

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May 2018

F E AT U R E S

F AV O R I T E S

The Director .............................................................................................. 31

Giving Back to Those Who Served....................................................... 10-13

The Artists............................................................................................. 32-41

Fourth Fridays at Five ..........................................................................26-28

Children’s Events .......................................................................................42

Events

Mac McAnally with members of the Coral Reefer Band ..........................43

Louisiana Up & Coming! ...........................................................................58

Rossini, Puccini, and Martinis ..................................................................44

Mississippi Up & Coming!..........................................................................59

Rockin’ on the River..................................................................................45

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Phantom and Beyond ....................................................................................46

Mother’s Day Luncheon .......................................................................20-22

The British Invasion of Natchez II: Sgt. Pepper’s Onward ...................... 47

The Social Scene

Havana Nights ...........................................................................................48

Save the Hall Ball ................................................................................. 14-16

The Two Faces of Bernstein ......................................................................49

Magnolia Ball ........................................................................................ 18-19

Almost Like Being in Love ........................................................................50

Birthday Party for Cathy Franck ..............................................................23

A Little Night Music .............................................................................52-53

The Society for the Preservation and Maintenance of Aged Monarchs Brunch ....................................................................30

Makin’ it . . . Sing! .....................................................................................54

Vidalia Garden Club Fashion Show ..........................................................30

A Night in the Big Easy .............................................................................55 Faust ...................................................................................................... 56-57

ON THE COVER

History of the Natchez Music Festival ...................................................... 61 Natchez Performing Arts Center at Margaret Martin ..............................62 Natchez Music Festival Mission Statement ...............................................62 Important Information..............................................................................63 Committees ................................................................................................63 In-Kind Donations .....................................................................................64 Past Chairmen ...........................................................................................64 Board Members .........................................................................................65 Contributors ..............................................................................................66

“The Natchez Festival of Music’s ‘Sound’ hits our river town with a diverse series of events that celebrate the merging of historic eras, three different centennial seasons, and musical offerings spanning three continents.” —Jay Dean, Artistic Director

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PUBLISHER Cheryl Foggo Rinehart COPY EDITOR Jean Nosser Biglane GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Jan Ratcliff

Anita Schilling

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Tim McCary

Bill Perkins

Cheryl Rinehart

Lisa Adams Whittington SALES STAFF

Cheryl Rinehart

Donna Sessions

CONTRIBUTORS Kerry Rose Dicks

Becky Junkin Jennifer J. Whittier

Cheryl Rinehart

Jean Biglane

Jan Ratcliff

Anita Schilling

Tim McCary

Lisa Adams Whittington

Bill Perkins

Donna Sessions

Jennifer J. Whittier

Kerry Rose Dicks

Becky Junkin

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Giving Back to Those Who Served Story by Jennifer J. Whittier • Photography by Jennifer J. Whittier and the Wallace family

huck Wallace, Brookhaven, Mississippi, resident and owner of River Oaks Construction and numerous Service Master franchises, is indeed giving back to those who served their country in the armed forces: he is sharing his musical gift that had EHHQGRUPDQWIRUDOPRVWÀIW\\HDUV$VZLWKDOORIKLV endeavors, he saw a need; and through determination and hard work, he embraced the opportunity to ÀOOWKDWQHHG Chuck feels that God has blessed him with both the talent and the privilege of honoring veterans and WKHLUIDPLOLHVGXULQJRQHRIWKHLUPRVWGLIÀFXOWWLPHV by playing “Taps” at military funeral services. The journey Chuck has taken to reach his goal of honoring these veterans is one of twists and turns, but it has culminated in touching the lives of hundreds of veterans and their families.

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Chuck played the trumpet in both junior high and high school bands in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and after high school graduation, he joined the Army Reserves, subsequently serving for eight years. It seemed only natural for Chuck to continue his love for music as a member of the renowned Tiger Band of Louisiana State University. As a member of the military and a former Eagle Scout, he especially enjoyed the marching aspects and the regimentation and precision of the performances; and he felt right at home with the demands and expectations that would eventually become a part of his nature, his drive, and his success as a businessman. After spending two years at LSU, Chuck was called up for six months of active duty in the Reserves after which he transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with a degree in Radio and TV Broadcasting.


“. . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have not died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” —Abraham Lincoln

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Left—Trae Rickerson and Chuck Wallace practice trumpet skills. Below left—Chuck Wallace honors veterans and families through the Bugles Across America organization.

Like many young men, Chuck’s focus after college turned to marriage, family, and career. He stayed busy developing successful businesses and involving himself in church, community, and sports activities with his three sons. His days of playing the trumpet were over…or so he thought; after all, he hadn’t played in many years. However, on Memorial Day 2017, while Chuck was watching a TV program honoring veterans at Arlington Cemetery, he learned that there was a shortage of people able and willing to play Taps for military funerals, forcing the military to use electronic bugles to substitute for actual buglers. He shared his concern and his interest in helping to solve the problem with his wife, Susan. Realizing he could be helpful in this regard, Chuck immediately contacted a local funeral director who echoed the same problems faced by the military and explained that sometimes the electronic devices failed, leaving the service incomplete and the family hurt and embarrassed. Chuck told his wife, “I know how to play the trumpet, and I’m going to donate my time and talent to the military which I so proudly served.” After researching Buglers Across America, an organization founded in 2000 by Tom Day that provides over 4,000 bugler volunteers across the country who play at veterans’ funeral services to honor their memory and their service to their country, Chuck Wallace auditioned and was able to procure a position on their team of volunteers. His motivation centered partly on his desire to honor the memory of those veterans he had never met, and partly on his intent to honor the service of his ninety-eight-year-old father, Cliff Wallace, a former Marine who served in World War II, for whom Chuck is a caregiver. So the stage was set, and he knew that he had a lot of work ahead of him, but he was ready for the challenge. Chuck contacted longtime friend and business associate Trae Rickerson, lead trumpet player for the group Stormy from Baton Rouge; and after a few lessons, he was ready to play again. This task was not an easy one, and it took hours of practice to perfect the honorary twenty-four-note tribute of the beloved military tune. Chuck attributes his ability to reconnect with his musical passion to his friend Trae, and they continue to play trumpet together for special occasions like the Grand Opening of River Oaks Construction during which they entertained with hits from the group Chicago. Page 12 { May 2018 { Bluffs & Bayous


Andrew, Patrick, baby Charley, Charley, Cliff, and Chuck Wallace

Service comes in many shapes and forms, and Chuck :DOODFH KDV ÀOOHG D YRLG WKDW so many of us never knew existed. He provides his own transportation, usually his beloved white Corvette, and chooses to wear a discrete EOXHVXLWUDWKHUWKDQDQRIÀFLDO military uniform. It’s not uncommon for Chuck to travel over a hundred miles to perform his tribute, never charging a fee for his services. He slips in quietly after the honor guard, plays the touching solo, and unceremoniously blends into the group of mourners before heading back home. Sometimes, the family invites him to join them in a meal following the ceremony, allowing him to learn more about the life of the veteran. All of this, then, is Chuck’s gift to the veterans and their families. Over 1,000 veterans a day pass away, and Chuck’s tribute is his way of giving back to the families and the veterans who so proudly served our country. He feels humbled and blessed to be able to

assist the community through something he has enjoyed as a lifetime hobby. Chuck is a reminder that, although less than one percent of the population of our great country serves in the military, one hundred percent of us enjoy the freedom the military provides. May God continue to bless our country with those who put others DERYHWKHPVHOYHVZKRVHHDQHHGDQGĂ€OOWKDWQHHGDQGZKRKRQRUWKHPHQDQGZRPHQZKRPDGHWKHXOWLPDWHVDFULĂ€FH

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THE social SCENE NATCHEZ, MS

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Save the Hall Ball he Pilgrimage Historical Association held its annual black-tie-affair Save the Hall Ball on March 31, 2018, at Stanton Hall, following An Evening Under the Stars at Longwood. Guests enjoyed the sounds of Loose Chain from Atlanta, Georgia; delicious cuisine by Chef Bingo Starr; and shopping during the Silent Auction, all as a benefit for the Pilgrimage Garden Club’s historic properties, Stanton Hall and Longwood. Photography by Lisa Whittington

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25 Nathan Burns, Emily Maxwell, Claire Winn, and Chris Maxwell 26 Greg and Kay Batte, Donna and Bryan Calloway, and Jason Dauphin 27 Lansing Brakenridge 28 Jean-Guy Lachance, Deborah Loomis, and John Williams 29 Todd and Emily Carpenter, Sarah Carter Smith, and Lisa and Madalyn Falkenheiner 30 Guy Stout, Liz Dantone, and Lou Ellen Stout 31 Jay Vaughn, Lansing Brakenridge, Akua Kumi, and Kerry Dicks 32 Alan Wolf, Ruthie Coy, Elizabeth Wolf, and Cammie 27 Dale

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G’S FARE

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GRILLED ASPARAGUS 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed into 6-inch lengths ½ cup Dijon Vinaigrette Fresh herbs for garnish Dijon Vinaigrette 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 cloves of garlic, minced Thoroughly blend all ingredients. Preheat grill. Arrange asparagus in grill basket with tips toward outer edges of the basket. Asparagus layer can be doubled if necessary. Brush asparagus with Dijon Vinaigrette. Grill for 3 minutes, turn, and brush with more vinaigrette. Cook 3 more minutes or until asparagus is crisp tender, being careful not to burn. Serve hot, at room temperature, or chilled. Fan asparagus on plate and sprinkle with fresh herbs.

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Intriguing treasures upstairs at Natchez Architectural and Art Discoveries await the perambulating and perusing of Fourth Friday gatherers.

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t is like a graveyard up here. Propped-up Corinthian columns and iron mantelpieces cast black shadows like tombstones under the fading sun. Light wilts through art deco glass lamp shades, throwing red-and-green triangles onto the exposed brick walls and across my body as I weave around a Chinese wheelbarrow, a church steeple, and a 1910 rolling baby pen. Littered across the room are doorknobs, skeleton keys, steel hinges, and wooden framesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;every part of a door deconstructed, waiting to be walked through again. I feel like Dr. Frankenstein. That is, if Frankenstein were nursing a beer and a plate of baba ghanouj while skulking through cemeteries to the soundtrack of a jazz ensemble. Since this past January, the fourth Friday night of every month in Natchez has looked something like this at 515 Main Street. Food is servedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one month, 0HGLWHUUDQHDQDQRWKHU6RXWKHUQEDUEHTXHPHHWVZRUOGĂ DYRUVLQ$SULOSODWHV from a food truck. Music is played in the courtyard. People dance and drink and buy art and earrings and ladders recovered from ghost towns. In a building that KDVKRXVHGHYHU\WKLQJIURPDGHQWLVW¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHWR%URZQ%DUQHW'L[RQ¡VGHSDUWment store to H. C. Normanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photography studio, Jim Smith and his friends have each dug into their own backgrounds to bring various objects back to life. As a result, Natchez Architectural and Art Discoveries not only houses two Ă RRUVRIORFDOO\VDOYDJHGEXLOGLQJPDWHULDOVDQGNQLFNNQDFNVEXWDOVRLVKRPH to the funky Locust Alley AirBnB and a downstairs art gallery. Even the food and music every Fourth Friday are somewhat and somehow salvaged from the past. Each has its own tale of reanimation. We live in an age both of recycling and of reminiscing. The ache of nostalgia was once alleviated by doctors with leeches and opium prescriptions. Now,

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Top rightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Early evening camaraderie and conversation in the courtyard preface the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-cultural experience in savoring art, artifacts, music, and cuisine. %RWWRPULJKWÂł(DFKPRQWK¡VIDUHUHĂ HFWVD varying theme or cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one month, Mediterranean; another month, Southern classics ZLWK/DWLQ$PHULFDQĂ DLU

ZHWUHDWLWZLWKLQGXVWULDOOLJKWLQJĂ&#x20AC;[WXUHV and shiplap. The concept of historical salvage permeates not only 515 Main Street but nearly every other square foot of this town as well. It is not a new trend here. The ceilings of many of our antebellum KRPHVZHUHFUDIWHGIURPWKHZRRGĂ RRUVRI PHUFKDQWĂ DWERDWVWKDWWUDYHOHGGRZQULYHU but could not sail back up it so were dismembered and sold as scrap timber. Some of our patios and sidewalks are also made of their ballast, the stones used to offset the weight of their cargo. The yellow limestone courtyard at Natchez Architectural DQG$UW 'LVFRYHULHV ZDV RQFH EXULHG Ă&#x20AC;YH feet underground before Edward Killilea, the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, excavated it. He believes the slabs might have once paved the walkway around the Catholic Church of San Salvador del Mundo on Commerce Street before it burned in 1832. Some might say Natchezians reminisce to an unhealthy degree, that the town will not let go of the past. We have quite literally taken the scraps the past leaves behind, built up around them, and put them on tour. Now that we are surrounded, though, we do not have much choice in the matter. These surviving treasuresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the mansions, the ironwork, WKH Ă&#x20AC;UHG EULFNÂłDUH HOHFWULĂ&#x20AC;HG ZLWK WKH spirits of their past, with the stories of the people who touched them, and with the blood and sweat spent in constructing them. They are Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monsters. We have raised them from the dead and now we must live with them. Our only choice now lies in how we should interact with the past. Salvage at Fourth Fridays is not about traveling into the past and staying there. It is about connection, about bridging gaps in time. Up the road from Natchez, Rodney was once the busiest port on the Mississippi; but in 1870, the river altered its course two miles west. Today, Rodney is a ghost town with abandoned farms, a gutted railway car, and a dilapidated opera house. The brick Presbyterian church still stands, a cannonball embedded in its face. Some buildings

are beyond saving; but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where Mac Hazlip, who provides most of Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inventory, comes in. In one case, he salvaged a slate roof that had been manufactured in Wales two hundred years ago. In turn, Katelee Laird transformed that slate into works of art. Her paintings of cotton bolls and the old Adams County Jail and even the Rodney churches suspended in black now hang for sale at Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place. The Friday nights there bridge gaps not only in time but also in culture and language. In January, as Jim Anderson grills lamb, Chef Hakam Abuhakmeh stands behind a half-circle bar counter salvaged from Smootâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grocery. He skewers kebabs, sets out homemade stuffed grape OHDYHV DQG OD\HUV QXWV DQG Ă&#x20AC;OR GRXJK into his father-in-lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendition of baklava. He announces the chicken gyros are ready, and the word circles around the rings of people like a game of telephone: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yee-rohsâ&#x20AC;?...â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geerowsâ&#x20AC;?...â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jy-ros.â&#x20AC;? Two months later, when Chef Nancy Berg takes over for the night, she picks

Southern classicsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;deviled eggs, pulled pork, coleslaw, potato saladâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and introduces them to curry, bulgogi, and kimchi. For her, cooking is about challenging perspectives, about experiencing the whole pallet. She makes asparagus for grumpy, old men who say they hate asparagus. She takes the recipe for red beans and rice that her grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housekeeper made for her thirty years ago and subs brown rice and Indian spices. For dessert, Berg makes apple tamarind crisp for dessert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their cuisines are much older than ours,â&#x20AC;? she says, speaking of Latin American dishes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they FRRNHG LQ ELJ SRWV RYHU Ă&#x20AC;UHV WKH\ UHSXUposed old rice or tortillas, cooking them down and sweetening them; so many of their desserts are like porridges.â&#x20AC;? Hers is sweet but somewhat tangy as if these unfamiliar ingredients have gotten some time to know each other, as if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock in the morning and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m eating leftovers straight out of the fridge. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like good ole South American apple pie. Bluffs & Bayous { May 2018 { Page 27


Although the evening wanes, the exchange of ideas and impressions does not as patrons enjoy the courtyard atmosphere, framed by rustic brick walls and a stairway to Locust Alley AirBnB.

Grabbing a second helping and dreaming of a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top it, I sit balanced on the edge of a clawfoot tub out in the courtyard. Starry lights swing over wrought iron garden gates and between long extinguished lamp posts. People sit their drinks on a propped up mantelpiece and an old sewing table as Charlie Hugg picks at his guitar in the corner. He has that kind of deep and vibrating country voice that sounds like whiskey tastes; but when he sings, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just to

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George Strait but to Matchbox Twenty and Tracy Chapman. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a difference between a simple cover and an interpretation, according to Paromita Killilea, a British music journalist married to a born-and-bred Natchez boy. More than a cover, an interpretation takes the bones of a song, the meaning and history behind the lyrics, and resurrects them in a new form. This is a longstanding tradition in the Deep South, she says, where â&#x20AC;&#x153;during the 60s and 70s, you

ZRXOG Ă&#x20AC;QG 6RXWKHUQ 5 % DUWLVWV GRLQJ interpretations of country songs and vice versa. Elvis, for example, was a great interpreterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as are the other artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brint Anderson, Drew David, and Will Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; who walk through Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doors every month. In March, the eight-piece Alcorn 8QLYHUVLW\ -D]] %DQG SOD\V ULIĂ&#x20AC;QJ RII each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solos of Stevie Wonder hits, interpreting and reinterpreting late into the night. Chaislyn Jane, a sixteen-year-old contestant from American Idol, played in April and she likes to sample Joni Mitchell and John Denver. More than just the songs, though, these artists also want to make the space their own. Paromita lives in Baton Rouge where, she says, people are renting out their living rooms and porches for Americana artists who want to perform in nontraditional spaces. Alan Wolf, a Fourth Friday attendee who splits his time between Natchez and New Orleans, echoes her sentiment, saying Fourth Fridays at Five â&#x20AC;&#x153;taps into that extroverted and lively aspect of Natchez and realizes it as a house party.â&#x20AC;? One feels at home in the unexpected here, in connecting to the past and to the future while sitting on the rim of a hundred-year-old bathtub and chatting with a young couple from Spain. This is something Natchez needsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to be salvaged but in new and dynamic ways. Jim is well aware of this. He currently rents his space out for private events, such as weddings and birthday parties. He also hopes to soon have a liquor license so he can open up the courtyard for tapas and wine on warm summer nights. In a small but diverVLĂ&#x20AC;HG WRZQ OLNH WKLV KH VD\V \RX DOZD\V have to be adapting and incentivizing. Moreover, as he and his friends have proven, we can adapt without abandoning our deep bond to history. Their building, furnishings, lyrics, and recipes are in part inherited; but they are also in part unique and transformed. Theirs is just one compelling way to salvage. In this strange town, amongst our people and our ties, our brick foundations and our gifts, are thousands of lives deconstructed, thousands of ideas and stories and Fourth Friday nights scattered like bones ready to be roused.


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THE DIRECTOR

Since 1988 Jay Dean has been the Music Director of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest symphony orchestra has achieved an international reputation that has helped enhance the cultural image of the state. He and the USM Symphony Orchestra have perIRUPHGZLWKVRPHRIWKHPRVWVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW classical and popular music artists in the world. Other duties at Southern Miss include being the Artistic Director of the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company and the Executive Director of the Arts Institute of Mississippi. In addition to his work at the University of Southern Mississippi, he is the Artistic Director of the Mississippi Opera, the Natchez Festival of Music, the Founding Artistic Director of FestivalSouth, and the General Director of the Hattiesburg Concert Association. He has also served as the Artistic Director of the Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival and Music Coordinator for the Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange. Dean has received numerous awards and honors for his work in Mississippi. These include having twice received the *RYHUQRU¡V $ZDUG IRU WKH $UWV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW in 2009, for Leadership in the Arts with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the second in 2017, for Artistic Excellence with the Mississippi Opera. Among other awards and honors, he has been inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame, is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Southern Mississippi Research Council, has received the Hub Award, and has been honored for Excellence for Global Arts and Culture by the Mississippi World Trade Center. Bluffs & Bayous { May 2018 { Page 31


THE ARTISTS Boston native Ryan Anthony (choreographer) is a performing artist with a passion for music, theatre, dance, and art. A sought-after instructor and choreographer around the Southeast, he has been a part of many musical productions, including Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, and Footloose. Most recently, he was co-choreographer for the sold-out run of the Southern Opera and Musical Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of The Phantom of the Opera. Anthony is also an avid photographer and is developing a local clientele with photo shoots in various mediums. He has performed in productions around the South and is thrilled to put his choreographic skills to work for the Natchez Festival of Music. The Arrowhead Jazz Band is made up of musician/park rangers from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park along with other musicians from the New Orleans Jazz scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night in the Big Easyâ&#x20AC;? will highlight jazz songs in the New Orleans style that were commissioned by the National Park Service to highlight the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tri-centennial as well as provide a musical interpretation of the swinging, stomping, syncopated New Orleans Jazz that makes you want to dance! Ibukun Babalola, soprano, is a Woodstock, *HRUJLD QDWLYH DQG Ă&#x20AC;UVW\HDU 0DVWHU RI 0XVLF degree candidate, studying with Dr. Maryann Kyle at the University of Southern Mississippi. This season, she debuted with the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company as Yum-Yum in The Mikado. Babalola recently graduated from the University of Alabama where she studied with Dr. Susan Williams and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. She was a principal performer with the University of Alabama Opera Theatre; and highlights from her time with this company include performances as the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, the Lady Saphir in Patience, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Greta Fiorentino in Street Scene. Kathryn Bancroft is a musical theatre major at Northwestern State University. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and has done shows with JPAS and Rivertown Repertory Theatre. She has performed with NSU theatre and dance for the past three years in shows including Oklahoma (Ensemble and Laurieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understudy), Young Frankenstein (Ensemble and Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understudy), Dangerous Liaisons (Madame de Volonge), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), and NSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Gala 2016 and 2017 (Musical 7KHDWUH(QVHPEOH 7KLVLVKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHZRUNLQJLQ1DWFKH]DPRQJ the talents showcased in the Natchez Festival of Music.

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A native of Fairhope, Alabama, Arthur Bosarge is a pianist and coach whose experience spans a variety of styles, including opera, recital, sacred, ballet, and music theater. Recently, he was the pianist/coach in the Studio Artist Program at Kentucky Opera for the 2017-2018 season ($ULDGQH DXI 1D[RV 'HDG 0DQ :DONLQJ and 7KH %DUEHU RI 6HYLOOH and the 2016-2017 season (0DGDPD%XWWHUĂ \'LH(QWIÂ KUXQJDXVGHP6HUDLO and The Mikado). In the 2015-2016 season, he was a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist at Virginia Opera, serving as pianist for the fall and spring Education Tours. Other recent collaborations include Mississippi Opera (The Pirates of Penzance), Hubbard Hall Opera (Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amore), Natchez Festival of Music (The Barber of Seville, Camelot, Carmen, Show Boat, That Sensational Sondheim, An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Ruby Elzy: The Jewel of Mississippi), Opera North (/DĂ&#x20AC;OOHGXUpJLPHQW(YLWD6WUHHW6FHQH and 0\ )DLU /DG\ /D WUDYLDWD , 92Y Harkness Dance Center, American Ballet Theater Summer Workshop, Mannes Opera, and the University of Alabama Opera Theatre. Bosarge holds degrees from Mannes School of Music and The University of Alabama. Eric Botto, a tenor originally from Houston, Texas, currently resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He recently received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Colorado State University under the direction of Dr. Tiffany Blake. At Colorado State University, he performed roles such as Henrik in A Little Night Music, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. His concert work includes Uriel in Haydnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Creation as well as the tenor soloist in Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Missa Brevis in C, K. 220. In the summer of 2013, he was selected to be a studio artist of the Opera Orvieto young artist program. Studying under the artistic direction of Nyela Bansely, he received the opportunity to perform both Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro in Orvieto, Italy. Botto currently attends the University of Southern Mississippi, pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Maryann Kyle. In the spring of 2018, he will be performing the role of Pong in Giacomo Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turandot. Eli Brand has played in many productions at Meridian Community College, including Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s My Son Pinocchio 3LQRFFKLR  Magician), A Few Good Men (Private Santiago), The Wizard of Oz (Guard), Carnival (Small Strongman), Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Young Fool), The King and I (Simon of Legree), Into the Woods (Baker), Elton John and Tim Rim Riceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aida (Radames), Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Little Mermaid (King Triton), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Jehan Frollo). Brand has also performed in Back to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s, Disco Inferno, Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet), All Shook Up (Chad), Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Carnival (Paul), and Kiss Me, Kate for the Lauderdale County High School Musicals. A vocal performance major at the University of Southern Mississippi,


THE ARTISTS Brand is remembered on the USM stage for his performance in The Phantom of the Opera (Monsieur Andreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;). Jeremy Brauner, a New Jersey resident, received a BFA in musical theatre from Montclair State University. Although initially a baritone, in 2016 he made his tenor debut as Alfredo in Dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arte operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of La Traviata DQGUHFHLYHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFHSUL]HRIWKH0DUWLQ Jeiven award from the company. Since then, he has performed in various concerts, including a Verdi concert with the orchestra of St. Peters by the Sea conducted E\ PDHVWUR$OSKRQVH 6WHSKHQVRQ DQG ZDV D Ă&#x20AC;QDOLVW LQ WKH 1HZ York Lyric Opera vocal competition. Last spring, he performed the role of Fernando in the American premiere of La Zingara, produced by Amore Opera. This summer he returned to Dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arte to perform the role of Rector in 3Ĺ&#x2030;tKRG\OLĂĽN\%\VWURXĂĽN\ 7KH&XQQLQJ/LWWOH 9L[HQ) in Czech, and most recently he performed the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca produced by Amore Opera. Although Joseph Britain was a 1984 accounting-degree graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, he pursued a career in music, having served as music minister for churches in Hattiesburg, Birmingham, and St Louis. In addition to his church ZRUNKHLVDIUHTXHQWSHUIRUPHUDQGSUROLĂ&#x20AC;F arranger, appearing with and writing for the Mississippi, Alabama, Utah, and Tampa Symphony Orchestras, as well as numerous university orchestras and bands. He has appeared in Natchez as arranger/pianist since 2012, including Natchez Christmas Cabarets, Tango Rendezvous, Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue concert, and a Night at the Oscars. This year, Britain will move seamlessly from some of the true giants of classical organ literature to Broadway favorites like The Phantom of the OperaDQGĂ&#x20AC;OPVFRUHV by John Williams to classic rock in Phantom and Beyond.

*UDFH %UXPĂ&#x20AC;HOG 6HOOHUV grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, simply singing karaoke in the comfort of her own home, only for her parents and close friends during the holidays. Singing is a passion instilled in her and her brother, David, since birth, as a gift of expression to share with, relate to, and even change the perspectives of society. She followed David to Natchitoches, Louisiana, where she performed in productions including the role of Maria in West Side Story, and Johana in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Having graduated from Northwestern State University in December of 2017, she is thrilled to announce her company debut with the Natchez Festival of Music this May. Alexandra Camargo, a new resident in Natchez, is thrilled to be a part of the 2018 Natchez Festival of Music. She is a graduate of the music program at Florida International University in Miami and also a graduate of the Holistic Science Masters at Plymouth University in England. She has played various roles in opera productions including Miles in Benjamin Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Turn of the Screw and Fairy in Jules Massenetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cendrillon. Her studio work includes two albums of Latin American Folklore. Camargo is DOVRDFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG1HXUR/LQJXLVWLF3URJUDPPLQJSURYLGHUDVZHOODV a voice teacher.

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THE ARTISTS Hayden Courington, a senior accounting major at the University of Southern Mississippi, is heavily involved in its School of Music and Arts program. He has performed in the USM productions of Mary Poppins and West Side Story. Courington was the Stage Manager for USM and Mississippi Opera’s productions of Carmen and for the Natchez Festival of Music

College, and William Carey University. She is the winner of many competitions and awards including the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Competition, Lansing Matinee Musicale Competition, the MTNA Star Award, the HEADWAE Award, and second place in the Memphis International Beethoven Sonata Competition. In demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Elder currently serves as Vice-President for Membership and Web Management of the Hattiesburg Music Teachers League (former President 2010-2012), and President of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association.

Grace Denton LV D ÀUVW \HDU '0$ VWXGHQW in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi, studying with Dr. Maryann Kyle. Originally from Brentwood, Tennessee, she graduated with her Masters in Music Performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Previous credits include Madame Giry (The Phantom of the Opera), Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief), Sally (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act, the Musical) for which she received a Miss Annie award nomination.

Dr. Beth Everett, an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at LaGrange College, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Masters in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Her extensive list of opera and musical theater productions in her conducting repertoire range from La Traviata to A Chorus Line and from Godspell to Carousel and Into the Woods. She has prepared choruses for Meadows Opera Theater and Southern Opera and Musical Theater productions including Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, and Maurice Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. She returns yearly by invitation as a musical director with the Natchez Festival of Music during which she has conducted performances of HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, and Show Boat. Dr. Everett remains active as a singer and performed most recently with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of Voices, a professional choir based out of the Eastman School of Music, and has performed the mezzo soprano solos for such major choral works as Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

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Dr. Ellen Price Elder is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she teaches applied piano and serves as coordinator of the piano accompanying program. She also serves as director of the Southern Miss Piano Institute which she founded in the fall of 2011. She holds a DMA in Piano Pedagogy and Performance and a MM in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Michigan, and a BM in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Schoolcraft

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THE ARTISTS Elana Gleason, hailed by the New York Post for KDYLQJ ´à DXQWHG SLQSRLQW Ă&#x20AC;QHVVH RQ KLJK %¡V and Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? and by Opera News for singing with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;particularly beautiful soprano,â&#x20AC;? is thrilled to be returning to Natchez Festival of Music to perform the roles of Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music and Marguerite in Faust. Recent engagements include the title role in Little Red Riding Hood with New Orleans Opera outreach, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Mississippi Opera), two solo concerts with Clayton Piano Festival, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Natchez Festival of Music), Micaela in Carmen (Natchez Festival of Music), the title role in The Merry Widow (Regina Opera), Violetta in La Traviata (La Piccola Opera), Nedda in Pagliacci (Opera Company of Brooklyn), the title role in Tosca (Mississippi Opera), Kate Pinkerton in 0DGDPD %XWWHUĂ \ (Opera Louisiane), and Frasquita in Carmen (Staten Island Philharmonic). Gleason is a graduate of Bard College with a BA in music, and currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. Having completed his junior year at Northwestern State University, Thomas Hadzeriga is a full-time student of the arts as an actor, singer, dancer, and technician. During the fall of 2017 through the Spring of 2018, he performed in Northwestern Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Stars of Tomorrow, Modern in Motion, Five Senses, and A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as in the ensemble of Shreveport Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty and the Beast. Hadzeriga is thrilled to be returning to Natchez Festival of Music IRUDVHFRQG\HDUDQGLVORRNLQJIRUZDUGWRKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWSHUIRUPLQJGHbut with the company. Originally from Natchez, Landon Henry returns to Natchez Festival of Music as a Production Stage Manager. In the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 season, he played Ralph in Kiss Me Kate and worked backstage for Rigoletto. In its 2015 VHDVRQKHZDVEURXJKWLQIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHDVWKH festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production stage manager. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he pursued a BFA in theatre performance and received extensive training in scenic design and carpentry, prop building, and stage lighting. At USM he acted in several showcase and main stage productions, including A Streetcar Named Desire and The Grapes of Wrath, and worked backstage as well. Henry has lived in Chicago for three years, working as a stage manager, actor, producer, and FRIIHHDĂ&#x20AC;FLRQDGRDQGZDVDQHQVHPEOHDQGIRXQGLQJPHPEHURI the Jubilee Theatre Collective. He also stage managed productions for several Chicago companies, including Cube Ensemble, Trap Door Theatre, and The One Year Checkov Project. After this season, he is leaving the cold weather behind to pursue his dreams in New Orleans.

Virginia Hesse recently graduated with a Masters of Music from the University of +RXVWRQ $ Ă&#x20AC;QDOLVW DQG D SUL]H ZLQQHU RI WKH Opera Ithaca Competition in Ithaca, New York, she will make her debut with Opera Ithaca as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance in January. 6KH ZDV DOVR VHOHFWHG DV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW SODFH ZLQner of the Canto Voice Competition by Opera Cultura in San Jose, and she recently made company and role debuts with Lonestar Lyric Opera in Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Viva la Mamma, and with Operativo in Rossiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;italiana in Algeri as Elvira. Among Hesseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite roles is Adina in Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amore, Mary Warren in Robert Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Crucible, Adele in Die Fliedermaus, and Kitty Scherbatsky in David Carlsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anna Karenina. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Wesley Hodges is a junior at the University of Southern Mississippi where he studies Vocal Performance and Spanish. His recent opera credits include the Mississippi Opera productions of Turandot, The Pirates of Penzance, and Rigoletto. His recent musical theater credits include The Phantom of the Opera, the Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tommy, and Evita in which he appeared as Augustin Magaldi. This is Hodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second year at Natchez Festival of Music. Last year he was in the productions of The Barber of Seville and Mississippi to Motown. Rachel Eve Holmes, an exciting young soSUDQR KDV SHUIRUPHG RYHU WZHQW\Ă&#x20AC;YH OHDGing operatic and musical theater roles with many companies and symphonies, including the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Opera Lancaster, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Opera Fort Collins, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Intermezzo Festival, Opera for the Young, La Musica Lirica, Loveland Opera Theatre, Fort Collins Symphony, St. George Opera, Capitol City Opera, Fresco Opera Theatre, Four Seasons Theatre, Ralph Opera Center, Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Harrower Opera Workshop, Stafford Opera Troupe, and New England Conservatory. Highly decorated, she is most recently the winner of the 2017 ACSO Ruth Kern Concerto Competition, 2016 American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition, 2016 University of Georgia Concerto Competition, 2016 Atlanta Music Clubs Competition, 2015 American ProtĂŠgĂŠ International Vocal Competition, 2015 Roschel Vocal Competition, and 2015 Schubert Club Competition. Holmes is a proud member of the Musica Grande Artists Roster. Her career is managed by Samuele Liadi.

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THE ARTISTS Rusty Jenkins is a lifelong Natchezian who has been active in local theatre and entertainment in this area for many years. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi, and studied law at Tulane University. He has two sons, Phillips and Dunbar, and four granddaughters. At Natchez Little Theatre, his stage credits include The Matchmaker, 6RXWKHUQ([SRVXUH, Twain by the Tale, Auntie Mame, /D&DJHDX[)ROOHV6RUGLG/LYHV$QG7KHQ7KHUH:DV1XQ7HQ Little Indians, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Underpants, Mississippi Medicine Show, Big River, and Lord Fauntleroy. Jenkins is the winner of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for Natchez Little Theatre and appeared in the Old Capitol Documentary. He also apSHDUHGLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPVLost River and Rise Again. For the last sixteen years, he has been a regular in Angels on the Bluff. ,Q GHPDQG DV RQH RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;QHVW YRFDO FRDFKes of belt, legit and classical vocal technique, Maryann Kyle is the creator of Maryann Kyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s COMMAND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP, which focuses on the integration of the voice into the total actor, as well as the creator and artistic director of the COMMAND PERFORMANCE BROADWAY INTENSIVE, a young artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training program for musical theatre singing actors as a part of FestivalSouth. She is an active performer of opera, concert, and recital repertoire, and has shared the concert stage with some of worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest artists including internationally known mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, famed bass-baritone William :DUĂ&#x20AC;HOG 3DWWL /DEHOOH 'LRQQH:DUZLFN 3DWWL$XVWLQ DQG9HVWD Williams. Dr. Kyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sondheim Cabaret premiered in New York City at the Laurie Beechman Theatre/West Bank CafĂŠ in October, 2011, and she recently performed the title role in Daniel Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest show, Calixte. Kyle continues to sing leading operatic roles with professional opera companies throughout the United

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States appearing as a soloist. Her main opera roles include Mimi and Musetta in Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Boheme, Countess and Susannah in Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cosi fan Tutte, Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in 'LH=DXEHUĂ RWH, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Micaela in Carmen, the title role in Floydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Susannah, and the Evil Queen in the world-premiere of Snow White. Dr. Kyle is currently Professor of Voice at The University of Southern Mississippi where she is Director of the Southern Opera and Music Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outreach and Workshop program. She also serves on the faculty of the International Performing Arts Institute, Germany, and of Operafestival di Roma, Italy, and was a featured clinician at the Festival Musica nas Montanhas, Brazil; also she is the Director of Musical Theatre Voice at the International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI) in Germany and a Professor of Voice at The University of Southern Mississippi. Peter Lake is an internationally performing lyric-tenor who in the summer of 2017 performed as a Resident Artist for Opera North in his role and house debut as Paris in /DEHOOH+pOène. In December, he was invited to China to perform a series of American Art song recitals where he sang selections by Samuel Barber, Rorem, Ives, and Foster at several prestigious universities. In August, he worked as a Festival Artist at the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Experience in Savannah where he won their Opera Idol competition, and was invited to perform at the Sherrill Milnes Gala in New York this spring. Also this spring, Lake will perform the role of Pang in Mississippi Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Turandot; and in Mobile Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winter Gala, he will sing the role of Don JosĂŠ in a highlights cut of Bizetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carmen. In May 2017, Lake made his role debut with Natchez Festival of Music as Count Almaviva in Rossiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Il barbiere di Siviglia and is overjoyed to return to make his role debut as Faust in Gounodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Faust.


THE ARTISTS Hanif Lawrence is a tenor from Kingston, Jamaica, who holds a BA in Architectural Studies from the University of Technology, Jamaica, and an MSC in Urban and Rural Environmental Management from the University of the West Indies, Mona. He is now pursuing his true passion, music, and is working towards a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. Lawrence is in the studio of Dr. Byron Johnson and has also been coached by J. Taylor Hightower. He intends to focus on choral and orchestral conducting later in his studies but has his sights set on gaining performance experience by participating in competitions and young artist programs. Born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi, Barry Leach attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a BM in Jazz studies. He has performed and or recorded with a wide variety of acts including the Dee Barton Orchestra, HBO, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Carmine Appice, and Dorothy Moore and has opened for Yes and Johnnyswim (Donna Summersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; daughter). An arranger, writer, and singer involved in many groups and recording projects, he has produced two CDs with The Vamps, a soul-jazz ensemble; a solo project entitled ´6WHSĂ&#x20AC;QJHUVÂľDQGDMD]]VWDQGDUGVFROOHFWLRQZLWK7KH%DUU\/HDFK Group. His performances are an eclectic blend of many styles and genres that enhance all musical endeavors. Leach has been voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Musicianâ&#x20AC;? several times by the Jackson Free Press Bethany Lee of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, LV D WKHDWUH VWXGHQW HQWHULQJ KHU Ă&#x20AC;QDO \HDU DW Northwestern State University. During her time in theatre, she has been active both on and offstage, appearing in several productions at NSU such as Hedda Gabler and Les Liaisons Dangereuses as well as working in scenic design and master carpentry. Lee recently took a leap of faith in her career and broadened her horizons by completing a semester of study in Saskatchewan, Canada. Now back home, she is helping backstage with Natchez Festival of Music. Nikki Lopez is a recent graduate of Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a degree in theatre with a design/ tech concentration. A Little Night Music is KHU Ă&#x20AC;UVW SURIHVVLRQDO VKRZ DV D VWDJH PDQager. During the past few summers, she worked for The Performing Arts Academy, serving as stage manager for shows such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Shrek The Musical. Her academic credits include Uncle Vanya, As You Like It, Illuminations of Dance, and Stars of Tomorrow.

Rahim Mandal, a 2013 graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans, received his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in 2017 from Florida State University, studying with renowned baritones Daniel Belcher and David Okerlund. Mandal made his debut with New Orleans Opera as Ham in Benjamin Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fludde. He debuted with FSU singing Dandini in La CenerentolaDQGUHFHQWO\VDQJKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVW9HUGLUROHDV*HUPRQWLQLa Traviata. Last summer, he made an international debut on Cubaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gran Teatro de la Habana, singing Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. In November, Mandal sang in Mobile Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Tortoise and the Hare and is currently performing in recurring shows of Little Red Riding Hood with MetroPelican Opera. Hattiesburg native Harlan Mapp acquired his degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and is studying Vocal Performance for his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree there. He has performed in various musical theatre roles as the Phantom in Andrew Loyd Weberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Phantom of the Opera, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. His previous opera performances include Ping in Turandot, Count Monterone in Rigoletto, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Doncairo in Carmen, and the Father in Hansel and Gretel. A lyric baritone and student of Dr. Maryann Kyle, Mapp will be making his Natchez Festival of Music opera debut playing the role of Wagner in Faust. Award-winning songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, and artist Mac McAnally has been voted CMA Musician of the Year for an unprecedented nine years and elected to both the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. His parade of hits include No. 1 singles for Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Sawyer Brown, and Shenandoah. SouthboundLVKLVVL[WHHQWKDOEXPKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRIHDture his songs arranged for symphony orchestra; recorded with the FestivalSouth orchestra conducted by Jay Dean, its rhythm section includes McAnallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colleagues in Jimmy Buffettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coral Reefer Band. About this album, he explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One hundred percent of the artist and producer portions of Southbound go to the music program at the University of Southern Mississippi and to Extra Table. For every dollar that Extra Table gets, Robert St. John buys and distributes two dollars worth of food directly to kids who need it most. Some of them only eat what they get from school; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really get fed over the weekend.â&#x20AC;? Acknowledging that SouthboundUHĂ HFWVKLVFRQFHUQIRUWKHQHHG\LQKLVKRPHVWDWH McAnally adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;These songs apply to the South in general and beyond as well in the same way that William Faulkner wrote about universal concerns by focusing on only one county in Mississippi. And I hope its impact will linger beyond my lifetime in the same sense that a good Christmas album never gets old.â&#x20AC;?

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THE ARTISTS Patrick McNally returns this season to Natchez Festival of Music where he debuted last season as the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He continues to delight audiences with a voice described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;robustâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;standoutâ&#x20AC;? by the Denver Post and with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;livelyâ&#x20AC;? stage presence reviewed by Opera News. McNally has a varied operatic repertoire and is equally at home on the opera, musical theater, and recital stage. His several house debuts this season include the roles of Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, the Baritone in +\GURJHQ -XNHER[ with Nashville Opera, and Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Brava Opera, as well as Robert in Iolanta and Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov with New Opera NYC. His recent opera-house performances include appearances at Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera North, Dayton Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Opera Louisiane, Bronx Opera, Hubbard Hall Opera, Opera New Jersey, The Center for Contemporary Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and Die Eutiner Festspiele. Phitchaya Muangsukham or PLG, an active performer in music theatre and recital venues, is a comedian and a music theatre singer in Thailand, appears in many television programs and professional stage performances there, and is known for her comic timing and dedication to stage performance. PLG has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Thailand including Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Thailand Youth Orchestra, and Bangkok Charity Orchestra. In addition, she serves on the Music Theatre faculty of the College of Music at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, teaching both precollege and undergraduate students; and she part-time teaches at Chulalongkorn University, Assumption University, SW University, and Kasetsath University. PLG has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Music Theatre from Mahidol University and has been working on her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree both with Dr. Maryann Kyle at the University of Southern Mississippi (2017) and at the University of Mobile (2018). She also is an assistant for Dr. Jay Dean. Rob Mulholland has directed and designed over 100 productions nationally and internationally in New York, London, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland where he holds the record for most Fringe First Awards. He has worked with actors and singers from the American Festival Theatre in London, The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, and Hollywood. He has directed productions at the University of Southern Mississippi and for the Mississippi Opera. In New Orleans, he has worked with such productions as Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty and the Beast (twice), Into the Woods, and Mel Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Producers, for which he won a New Orleans Award as Director of the Year. His numerous musical theatre credits for Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera include the record-setting Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Oliver!, *UHDVH7KH0XVLF0DQ6RXWK3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F7KH'URZV\&KDSHURQH Page 38 { May 2018 { Bluffs & Bayous

The King and I, and A Christmas Carol. He is the author of Best of the Mississippi Blues (starring Vasti Jackson), a two-time featured presentation of FestivalSouth and A Signature Event at the 2015 Natchez Festival of Music where he also has done Don Giovanni, Kiss Me Kate, and the Natchez Tri-centennial production of Showboat. This past fall in Hattiesburg he directed Macbeth, their Ă&#x20AC;UVWHYHU6KDNHVSHDUHLQWKH3DUN Richard Nechamkin is a conductor, pianist, and vocal coach with forty years of experiHQFH DQG D UHSHUWRLUH RI RYHU VHYHQW\Ă&#x20AC;YH RSeras. He is the founder, artistic director, and conductor of New York Opera Forum. His extensive experience includes musical direction and conducting for the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra (comprised of members from the Philadelphia Orchestra), Johanna Meier Opera Institute, OperaOn-The-Go, New York Lyric Opera, New York Opera Theatre, and Ottocento Opera Company. He has been Assistant Conductor with the Mississippi Opera since 2012; and for the Natchez Festival of Music, he has been Associate Musical Director from 2002-2008 and Assistant Conductor since 2014. Nechamkin has accompanied many singers, including Montserrat Caballe, Susanne Marsee, and Gabriella Tucci, and has played for the voice studios of Tucci, 0DUVHH -RVKXD +HFKW -RKDQQD 0HLHU 5HQDWD 6FRWWR &DURO  Nico Castel, Betty Allen, Michael Warren, and Gary Glaze among RWKHUV,QDGGLWLRQKHDUUDQJHGDQGFRQGXFWHGVHYHUDOĂ&#x20AC;OPVFRUHV and has served as music director for two Off-Off Broadway productions. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, and studied conducting with Pierre Boulez, Sixten Ehrling, and Anton Coppola. Mezzo-soprano Christina Overton is quickly establishing herself as a dynamic artist in the musical realms of opera, concert, and musical theatre. Her 2018-2019 season includes the role of Nellie Forbush in 6RXWK 3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F with The Indianapolis Opera. She was recently a featured artist with the Evansville Philharmonic and performed the title role in Kiss Me, Kate with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Other engagements include Julie LaVerne in Show Boat with Opera Naples, Third Lady in The Magic Flut with Chatham Opera and The Orlando Philharmonic, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Overton has performed in concert with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and performed as the alto soloist in Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Requiem with the Virginia Consort and in Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Messiah at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. She earned a Master of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University; resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and maintains a residence in Florence, Italy.


THE ARTISTS Belter and mezzo soprano Punyanuch Pornsakulpaisal (Mind) after moving from Thailand, is quickly gaining attention as a young artist in the United States. She has recently been seen on stage in The Mikado, Rigoletto, The Phantom of the Opera, and James and the Giant Peach. Pornsakulpaisal has also made solo and ensemble appearances in multiple pops concerts. She has received extensive performance training in Germany at the International Performing Arts Institute and is currently pursuing her bachelor of music at the University of Southern Mississippi under Dr. Maryann Kyle. Gabrielle Richardson, lyric coloratura soprano, completed her DMA in Vocal Performance under Dr. Maryann Kyle at the University of Southern Mississippi and earned her MM from USM and her BA summa cum laude from Millsaps College. She has collaborated with international artists such as mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavez, Irish conductor Colman Pearce, Dresden coach Ellen Rissinger, and Filipino concert pianist Jovanni-Rey de Pedro. Some of her past operatic roles include Despina (Così fan tutte), Pamina ('LH =DXEHUÁöte), Polly (The Beggar’s Opera), Isabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Micaëla and Frasquita (Carmen), Belinda (Mississippi premiere of Dido and Aeneas), and Gilda (Rigoletto). Equally at home in musical theatre, her favorite credits include Ms. Andrew (Mary Poppins), Marian (The Music Man), Grace (Annie), Anne (/D&DJH$X[)ROOHV), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Maria (West Side Story), and Christine Daaé in the recent landmark Mississippi premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber/Cameron Mackintosh’s iconic The Phantom of the Opera. She will next be heard as Liú in Mississippi Opera’s cover performance of Puccini’s Turandot.

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cyndi Rutter has had a life-long passion for theatre and performance. A retired educator, she worked on many productions involving her students UDQJLQJ LQ DJH IURP ÀYH WR HLJKWHHQ \HDUV ROG During these years, she discovered her love of costuming by creating and designing ensembles for her students. Audiences enjoyed her students’ many performances including When I Grow Up, The Very Best Christmas, Thanks for the Memories, and If I Could Turn Back Time. Rutter holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Interior Design and Elementary Education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is now based in Houston, Texas, and is very excited to be a part of the production A Little Night Music! 6DOVHURV GHO 6XU (Salsa Musicians of the South) the Gulf Coast’s hottest new Salsa Band, showcases some of the South’s best musicians including saxophonist Larry Panella, pianist Sam Bruton, trumpeter T. J. Tesh, and percussionist John Wooton. The band features a fusion of Afro-Cuban, Mambo, Cha-chas, Boleros, and Jazz. The effect of this fusion is simply great music both for listening and for dancing the night away. American tenor :HVOH\6DXQGHUV is quickly establishing a name for himself as a sought-after young artist in the United States and abroad. He has recently performed as a soloist with the Mississippi Opera, the Gulf Port Handel Society, and the Natchez Music Festival. He made his international debut with the International Performing Arts Institute and the Berlin Opera Academy in their production of Carmen. In the competition circuit,

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THE ARTISTS 6DXQGHUVWRRNĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFHLQWKH*XOI&RDVW0HVVLDK&KRUXV young artist competition. A passionate choral singer as well as soloist, he has performed around the country including a performance at Carnegie Hall. Saunders holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho and is currently pursuing his MM at the University of Southern Mississippi. Mezzo-soprano -XOLH 6LOYD is passionate about bringing music and characters to life on stage. She recently returned from China after performing at the iSING! International Young Artists Festival as an opera soloist with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra and in a television production broadcast to millions of viewers. Her 20172018 season engagements have included solo performances with Austin Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera Treasure Chestâ&#x20AC;? series, Annio in La Clemenza di Tito (LOLA), Mary in the American premiere of Door (One Ounce Opera), and excerpts from Pancho Villa from a Safe DistanceZLWKĂ&#x20AC;OPFRPSRVHU*UDKDP5H\QROGV2WKHU work includes performances with Utah Festival Opera and Opera in the Ozarks. Silva made her professional operatic debut with the Natchez Festival of Music in 2014, singing the role of Un Pastore in Tosca and returned the following year. This year, she will be performing the role of Countess Malcolm in A Little Night Music and covering the role of SiĂŠbel in Faust. 6FRWW 6NLED is Executive Artistic Director of Cleveland Opera Theater where he has directed Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, Tosca, La Rondine, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro, Pagliacci, and 0DGDPD %XWWHUĂ \. Upcoming directing engagements include 5RPpR HW Juliette (Pensacola Opera), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Cleveland Opera Theater), Guest Stage Director (University of Tennessee Knoxville), and The Rakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Progress (Baldwin Wallace Conservatory). A proponent of new opera, he helped launch the {NOW} Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cleveland Opera Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual event to create, develop, and produce new opera. Projects include numerous regional premieres and develRSPHQWRIDQRSHUDEDVHGRQ*DUFLD/RUFD¡VĂ&#x20AC;QDOSOD\, The House of Bernarda Alba, with OBIE Award-winning playwright Caridad 6YLFK OLEUHWWR FRPSRVHU*ULIĂ&#x20AC;Q&DQGH\DQG%DOGZLQ:DOODFH Conservatory. His work also includes collaborative ventures in alternative and non-traditional venues that explore intimate contemporary approaches to producing opera, promoting civic engagement, and providing gateways to develop new audiences. An advocate of arts education, Skibba is Director of Opera Studies for the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music whose spring 2017 production of Dialogues of the CarmelitesZRQĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFH in the National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Competition. Having guest-directed productions for Oberlin Conservatory and The Interlochen Opera Theater, he is currently Assistant Artistic Director for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Acting Instructor for the Cornish American Song Institute.

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5R\FH 6WULGHU is best known throughout the U.S.A. as a versatile and charismatic singer-actor.This past fall, he made his debut with Painted Sky Opera, covering Sacristan (Tosca). He recently spent his third summer with the Ohio Light Opera, playing Oliver Hix (The Music Man), Prime Minister von Mark (The Student Prince), and Prince Ulrich (The Lady of the Slipper). He has also made appearances with Opera in the Ozarks, Land of Enchantment Opera, and Cimarron Opera. Favorite roles include the Mayor (John Mustoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Inspector), Capulet (5RPpRHW-XOLHWWH), Reverend Hale (The Crucible), 2nd Gangster (Kiss Me, Kate), Detective Baker (Have a Heart), Monsieur de BrĂŠtigny (Manon), Guglielmo (CosĂŹ fan tutte), Prince Yashvin (David Carlsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anna Karenina), the Baker (Into the Woods), and Betto (Gianni Schicchi). With roots in Norman, Oklahoma, Strider completed his MM at the University of Houston and his BM at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As a Music Festival Champion in 2010, distinguished soprano /OHWWHVKD 6\OYHVWHU claimed the titles Most Outstanding Vocalist, Winner of the Lieder Class, Broadway Female Class, and Myer Shield Second Place. Sylvester has performed for audiences of Members of Parliament, Ministers of Government, Ambassadors, and the Prime Minister and President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. As a graduate of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, she completed an Artist Diploma in Music Performance with an emphasis in Voice from the Academy of the Performing Arts. In May 2015, Sylvester took command of the stage in the leading role of Mahalia Jackson in JCS Productionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 25 show run of MAHALIA: A GOSPEL MUSICAL at The Little Carib Theatre, Central Bank Auditorium, and Naparima Bowl. Currently in the studio of Dr. Byron Johnson, she is reading for a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. With over 70 roles in his repertoire, Corey Trahan is an active performer, educator, and stage director in opera, oratorio, music theatre, operetta, and recital venues. During the 2017 season, he did guest artist residencies at Texas $ 0 /DUHGR DQG$XJXVWDQD&ROOHJHSHUforming as Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Shreveport Opera, Emperor Altoum in Turandot with Mississippi Opera, and Monsieur Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arque in %HDXW\DQGWKH%HDVWand he music directed Northwestern State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 2018 production of Into the Woods. Currently, Trahan is an Associate Professor of Theatre/Coordinator of Musical Theatre at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Coordinator of Musical Theatre for the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany and Thailand, and Artistic Administrator of Natchez Festival of Music. His academic degrees include Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, Master of Music from the University of Houston, and Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University. He is


THE ARTISTS a current member of the American Guild of Music Artists and Actors’ Equity Association. www.coreytrahan.com David Walker of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a senior Choral Music Education major at the University of Southern Mississippi. During this year’s Natchez Festival of Music, he will SHUIRUP LQ KLV ÀIWK RSHUDRSHUHWWD +H KDV H[perience in ensemble as productions of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Rigoletto, and Turandot. His musical theatre experience includes roles such as Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Guys and Dolls), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), and Monsieur Reyer (The Phantom of the Opera). He also will make his debut as Coalhouse Walker, Jr., in Ragtime this July. Walker plans to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Voice Performance after graduating from USM and hopes to garner more performing opportunities around the nation. Andrew Wannigman has performed with a number of opera companies throughout the United States: Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Louisiane, Tulsa Opera, Central City Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera North, Union Avenue Opera, Painted Sky Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, American Lyric Theater, Mill City Summer Opera, and Boston Opera Collaborative. This past fall, he made his New York City debut singing the world premiere of L’ultimo viaggio di Ulyss, a cantata for baritone, horn, and piano. He later performed the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Amore Opera. Other 2017-18 highlights include revisiting the demanding role of John Buchanan, Jr., in Summer and Smoke as a guest artist with Converse College; and later this summer, Wannigman will perform the role of Le Dancaïre in Carmen with Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis.

Jamaican soprano Danielle Watson completed her Bachelor of Music degree in December 2017 at Alcorn State University where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Byron Johnson. She has performed in ShowboatDQGZDVDÀUVWSODFH winner in the Younger Student Adult Women and Men Division at the Southern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition held at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in November 2016. She has appeared as a soloist with several Jamaican groups and has been invited to appear in concerts and recitals hosted by notable Jamaican organizations. She has also given solo performances at the Natchez Music League and Nicholls State University in Houma, Louisiana, for A Celebration of the Negro Spirituals. An avid lover and supporter of the arts, Watson is currently preparing for graduate studies in vocal performance. Mezzo-Soprano Laura Zahn originally hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was most recently seen as an Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga where she covered Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) and Moll and Sister Mister (The Cradle Will Rock). Future engagements include Siebel (Faust) and Mrs. Segstrom (A Little Night Music) with Natchez Festival of Music and Olga (The Merry Widow) with Opera Saratoga. Other notable roles include La Frugola (Il Tabarro) and Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), and Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress). She has also covered Minskwoman (Flight) and La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica). In addition to these roles, Zahn has performed with The Boston Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Indiana University Opera Theater, DQG3DFLÀF2SHUD3URMHFW6KHKROGVD0DVWHURI0XVLFLQ9RFDO Performance from The Boston Conservatory and obtained her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University while also completing a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

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Faust .......................................................Peter Lake Marguerite .............................................Elana Gleason Mephistopheles ......................................Patrick McNally 6LHEHO ......................................................Laura Zahn Valentin ..................................................Andrew Wannigman Martha ...................................................Christina Overton Wagner ...................................................Rahim Mandal

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MAY Louisiana Up & Coming! www.louisianatravel.com ALEXANDRIA Throughout May www.alexandriapinevillela.com BATON ROUGE Throughout May www.visitbatonrouge.org CONCORDIA PARISH (FERRIDAY & VIDALIA) Throughout May www.cityofvidalia.com www.concordialibrary.org www.concordiapchamber.com JACKSON Throughout May felicianatourism.org JONESVILLE Throughout May deltamusicmuseum.com MONROE/WEST MONROE Throughout May monroe-westmonroe.org NEW ORLEANS Throughout May neworleansonline.com neworleanscvb.com PORT ALLEN Throughout May www.westbatonrougemuseum.com ST. FRANCISVILLE Throughout May www.crt.state.la www.stfrancisville.us www.westfelicianahistoricalsociety.org

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Mississippi Up & Coming! MAY www.visitmississippi.org BROOKHAVEN Throughout May www.facebook.com/VisitBrookhavenMs www.haventheatre.org www.lincolnciviccenter.com www.visitbrookhavenms.com COPIAH COUNTY (CRYSTAL SPRINGS & HAZLEHURST) Throughout May www.copiahcountycourier.com www.cityofcrystalsprings.com JACKSON Throughout May www.dulinghall.com www.msmuseumart.org www.visitjackson.com

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+,6725<2)7+( 1$7&+(=086,& )(67,9$/ Twenty-four years ago Lani and Ron Riches, former owners of Monmouth Plantation Historic Inn, attended a Santa Fe Opera Festival. Lani remarked to her husband, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Natchez could have an opera festival?” They immediately scheduled a meeting with civic leaders to discuss the idea. During a conversation one evening with dinner guests, Dr. and Mrs. David Blackburn, the Riches discovered that Dr. Blackburn was a well-respected opera teacher and conductor in New York. In fact, two of the performers in the Santa Fe Opera were in Dr. Blackburn’s studio. After being invited to attend the meeting with civic leaders and interested citizens, Dr. Black burn devised a plan, which became known as the Natchez Opera Festival. Dr. Blackburn became a committed Natchez resident, as well as co-founder and artistic director of the festival. The mission and purpose of the festival is to provide quality opera, Broadway, and jazz performances. It also seeks to provide positive performing opportunities for outstanding artists; to nurture and encourage talented young singers in their careers; and to allow them to share in an educational outreach program throughout Mississippi and Louisiana. The festival hires professional performers each season with auditions being held during the fall in Natchez and New York. The artists are selected for their outVWDQGLQJWDOHQWDQGWKHLUDELOLW\WRÀWLQWRWKH Natchez lifestyle. Each year, the festival has grown and become a major regional event. In 1998, the festival was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2001, Alcorn State University became a major sponsor of the festival and helped to transform the arts in southwest Mississippi. In 2002, Opera News recognized the festival for artistic excellence. In 2003, Dr. Blackburn was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in Opera and Music Education. The festival also changed its promotional name, the May Festival, to the Natchez Festival of Music in 2003. Following the untimely death of Dr. Blackburn, George Hogan became the Artistic Director and created a connection with the University of Mary HardinBaylor. Taking charge as Artistic Director in 2011, Dr. Jay Dean connects the festival to The University of Southern Mississippi and makes strong connections to other outstanding music festivals throughout Mississippi.

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NATCHEZ PERFORMING $576&(17(5 AT MARGARET MARTIN The Natchez Performing Arts Center at Margaret Martin echoes with the sounds of music and memories from its earlier days as Natchez High School. It was renamed in honor of Miss Margaret Martin, long-time educator and principal, a devotee of the arts, and a highly admired advocate of honor, integrity, and excellence. After an extensive period of disuse and neglect, it became the home of the Natchez Opera Festival, currently known as the Natchez Festival of Music. The Natchez Opera Festival obtained grants to restore the building and it is now taking on new life as the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center. The Natchez Festival of Music has created an exceptional DXGLWRULXP DQG YHQXH IRU ÀQH DUWV WKURXJK many noticeable renovations. A Community Heritage Preservation Grant from the Department of Archives and History is contributing to ongoing renovations. The Natchez Festival of Music shares the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center with the Natchez Ballet Academy, the Natchez Gymnastics Association, and the Natchez Art Association. The Natchez Festival of Music is continuing WRFUHDWHDVSHFLDOKRPHIRUWKHÀQHVWLQPXVLF and the arts.

1$7&+(=086,& )(67,9$/ 0,66,21 67$7(0(17 The mission of the Natchez Festival of Music is to enlighten and enrich the lives of the citizens of the greater Mississippi/ Louisiana region and neighboring areas by producing a variety of musical events including popular music, Broadway shows, recitals, musical theater, operas, and other special concerts. We also provide educational outreach programs in music and the performing arts for thousands of children each and every year. We are an important part of the cultural fabric of our city and VWDWH DQG ZH EHQHÀW WKLV UHJLRQ E\ SURYLGing quality of life events for our citizens, educational events for students, and serve as a tool for tourism and economic development. Our vision is to be a driving force for cultural activity that attracts people to Natchez and Mississippi from around the world.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION 7(/(3+21(6 As a courtesy to other patrons, please disconnect electronic paging devices and turn off cellular telephones. ),5(127,&( The exit sign nearest the seat you RFFXS\LVWKHVKRUWHVWURXWHRXWLQWKHHYHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;UHRU other emergency. %(9(5$*(6 Beverages will be available for purchase before the performances, during the performances and during intermission. /$7(&20(56 Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of theatre management during appropriate pauses in the program. Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center policy is to begin performances at the advertised curtain time. 3(5621$/3523(57< Lost and found inquiULHVPD\EHGLUHFWHGWRWKHDGPLQLVWUDWLYHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVDW MMPAC. 3+272*5$3+6$1'5(&25',1* Cameras and recording devices may not be brought into the theatre without the consent of the management. Please note that the recording in any form of a live performance may be a violation of federal copyright laws. 5(6752206/RFDWHGRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWĂ RRUDQGEDOFRQ\ 602.,1* All of our facilities are smoke-free. $&&(66,%/((175$1&(One entrance to the Center is wheelchair-accessible. The entrance is into WKHPDLQOREE\RQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWĂ RRU RUFKHVWUDOHYHO ORcated on the right side of the building

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CONTRIBUTORS** *2/'%(1()$&7256 6,/9(5%(1()$&7256 David Paradise Mississippi Arts Commission %521=(%(1()$&7256 City of Natchez Adams County Board of Supervisors %REE\H %LOO+HQOH\ 67$56 Jay Dean Delta Bank 1DWFKH]&RQYHQWLRQ 9LVLWRUV%XUHDX Martocci Memorial Foundation, Inc. United Mississippi Bank Paul G. Green, Inc. Merit Health - Natchez 3$75216 Davidsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Package Store James Biglane SSS Foundation &RQFRUGLD%DQN 7UXVW&R Home Bank $QQ 5REHUW3DUDGLVH Diana Glaze Stratton Bull Trust Callon Petroleum Company Cammie Dale Rotary Club of Natchez *LQJHU 7RP6FKZDJHU &ODXGHWWH (G6RQJ\ Dr. Neil Varnell 0DU\ -LP/HVVOH\ Al Walker +HOHQ 5DQG\6PLWK 'DYLG*DUQHU /HH&ORYHU 6833257(56 Lynn Appel -RKQ%DOO$WWRUQH\(LOHHQ -RKQ%DOO %HUJHURQ 3ODXFKH//& &RQQLH 3DW%XUQV Borum Family Health Clinic *RRG+RSH7LPEHU7DQQD 9LGDO'DYLV &DURO\Q /XFLHQ*ZLQ Ginger Hyland Internal Medicine Assoc. of Natchez, PLLC Ann Elizabeth Kaiser /RX(OOHQ *X\6WRXW 3DWWL /\QQ:HQWZRUWK 0DUJHH &ROOLQV:RKQHU Terry Estes State Farm Supermarket Operations, Inc. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marketsâ&#x20AC;?) 6KDURQ 0LFKDHO%ODWWQHU 0DU\-DQH (G*DXGHW )5,(1'6 Gay Metcalfe Melody Thayer 6WXDUW+HĂ LQ6WDWH)DUP Phyllis Mashburn 6WHSKHQV +REG\

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