Shelburne’s young musicians perform with rising opera stars Jan. 20

Opera’s rising stars Jesus Garcia and Latonia Moore, at right, will perform with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Vermont Youth Orchestra Chorus, and the Vermont Youth Concert Chorale at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts on Jan. 20.

Opera’s rising stars Jesus Garcia and Latonia Moore, at right, will perform with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Vermont Youth Orchestra Chorus, and the Vermont Youth Concert Chorale at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts on Jan. 20.

Six students from Shelburne will perform in the Vermont Youth Orchestra’s Opera Extravaganza, featuring two of opera’s most sought-after rising stars. Internationally-acclaimed soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Jesus Garcia will join the VYO, the VYO Chorus, and the Vermont Youth Concert Chorale for a 3 pm concert on Jan. 20 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a chance to see opera singers of this caliber in a live performance here in Vermont,” said Jeffrey Domoto, VYOA music director.  “It’s an especially exciting opportunity for our young musicians because sharing the stage with a great performer is always thrilling. Watching a world-class performer allows them to see how music is so much more than just notes, and how a virtuoso really illuminates the music.  It can be a transformative experience.”

The program features arias, duets, and choruses from a number of favorite operas. Several young student musicians from Shelburne will perform including Quincy Chandler (trumpet), Noah Marconi (cello), Elizabeth O’Donnell (violin), Elizabeth Pendlebury (bassoon), Grace Vincent (violin) and Eliza Giles (alto).

In addition to the concert, the VYO is offering a special Opera Extravaganza Package, which includes a 30-minute pre-concert talk by opera expert Peter Fox Smith — host of the weekly “A Passion for Opera show on Vermont Public Radio — and a post-concert reception with the guest artists at Sweetwaters. The pre-concert talk will take place at the Flynn’s Amy E. Tarrant Gallery.

Tickets to the concert are $15 adult/$10 student; tickets for the Opera Extravaganza Package, which includes the pre- and post-concert events and concert ticket, are $85. To purchase concert tickets, visit www.flynntix.org. To purchase the Opera Extravaganza Package, call 86-FLYNN.

For more information, contact the VYOA at (802) 655-5030, or go to www.vyo.org.

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