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U of M Teams With HUD to Open Doors to Opera Careers
For release: September 12, 2007
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This month the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in cooperation with the Washington National Opera will present a live production of La Bohème as a simulcast in Memphis and other select cities throughout the nation. The performance, Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m., will be shown at Harris Concert Hall on the University of Memphis campus (3775 Central Ave.). It is free and open to the public.

The simulcast is designed to interest residents of urban communities in opera career opportunities by bringing them a world class production.  HUD’s participation seeks to eliminate economic and geographical barriers that would otherwise prohibit residents from benefiting from the experience of an opera production.

Prior to the simulcast, the University of Memphis Opera will present an educational program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15,  at LeMoyne-Owen College’s Little Theatre (inside the Student Center at 807 Walker Avenue).  It will feature a discussion of the plot of La Bohème plus a performance of selections from the opera by U of M students and faculty.  In addition, there will be a discussion about careers in opera including, but not limited to singing. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors for the program are HUD, Memphis Housing Authority, Washington National Opera, the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration, Opera Memphis, Bridges and LeMoyne-Owen College. Local coordinator for the event is Jennifer Littlejohn.

Located in one of the nation’s most influential musical cities, The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis is a different kind of music school. Here, students and faculty are committed to the essence of performance that is so unique to the region. This essence, regardless of genre, is the creativity, originality, quality and entrepreneurial spirit that are central to the rich musical heritage of Memphis.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the School offers 20 degrees in more than 24 areas of concentration, taught by 45 world-class faculty members who are recognized from Carnegie Hall to The Grammys.  With over 250 faculty, student and guest performances each year, we are where the music is.

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