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DATE:  April 27, 2006       
CONTACT: Dr. Lari Young, Director of the Performing Arts Center, (361) 825-2374; or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337
Performance by the Santa Fe Opera Apprentices is an Introduction to Opera Music
The Furgason Bravo! Series will conclude its inaugural season with a performance by the Santa Fe Opera Apprentices on Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) located at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The annual springtime Apprentice Regional Tour is one of the opera's most popular outreach programs and serves as an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with opera music. The Apprentice singers are alumni and participants of the 2006 season Apprentice Program. Soprano Martha Guth, tenor Aaron Blake, baritone David Giuliano, and bass Sam Handley with the company's Music Associate, pianist Kirt Pavitt, will perform concert arias, songs, and favorites from American musical theatre on the 2006 tour.

The Santa Fe Opera was founded in 1957 by John Crosby, a New York-based conductor whose goal was to give American singers the opportunity to learn and perform new roles while having ample time for rehearsal and preparation. Crosby also established The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program to assist young singers in making the transition from academic to professional life. To date over 1,500 aspiring opera singers have participated in the program.

The PAC will offer a special pre-Mother’s Day promotion. Buy one ticket at full price and bring mom for just $10. The cost if $5 for children and students. Special price is only available at the PAC Box Office at 6300 Ocean Drive or by calling 361-825-ARTS.

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