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KSC Orchestra Performs in Opera Workshop

KEENE, N.H. 4/5/05 - Selections from Mozart’s operas The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro along with Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado will be on the Keene State College Chamber Orchestra’s Opera Workshop program on Friday, April 22. Don Baldini, artist in residence, will conduct the 36-member orchestra during the Opera Workshop, which is directed by Carroll Lehman, professor of music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth 17 and under. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The KSC Chamber Orchestra, composed primarily of KSC students and some community members, will perform the triumphal march from Aida, the overture to Die Meistersinger, and the intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana.

A dozen KSC music students will perform in the workshop, which includes Act III and the Papagano-Papagena duet from The Magic Flute and two songs from The Marriage of Figaro - “To Greet you My Lady” and “Unlock the Door and Hurry.” The song “Three Little Maids from School” from The Mikado will be performed along with the first scene from the opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. Students also will perform a duet from Lamke by Leo Delibes.

Baldini, KSC artist-in-residence, also conducts the KSC Jazz Ensemble, which will present a “Jazz Travelogue” concert on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Redfern Arts Center. Baldini came to Keene State after a professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles. He appeared for 13 years with The Tonight Show Orchestra and toured with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, and the Harry James and Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin bands. He currently performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony, Opera North, the Keene Chamber Orchestra, and several local chamber music and jazz groups. Baldini, who lives in Saxtons River, Vt., also teaches at Dartmouth College.

Lehman, a member of the Keene State faculty since 1978, also is the conductor and music director of the Monadnock Chorus in Peterborough. Under his direction, the chorus has toured Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Scandinavia. He has conducted the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus and Orchestra on tours of Russia, Latvia, Estonia, and South Africa. Lehman also formed the KSC Oratorio Society, which has performed many major choral masterworks with orchestra.

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