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UA Opera Guild to hold gala on Friday

14 Sep 2016

Musical talent will abound on Friday, Sept. 16 in the Grand Gallery of the Alabama Museum of Natural History when BRAVO: an evening of musical magic is presented to benefit the University of Alabama Opera Theatre and its students.

The special event, sponsored by the Opera Guild @ UA and the Museum, will feature music from opera, musical theatre, and contemporary jazz.

A buffet dinner and the offering of silent auction items ranging from exquisite jewelry and art to “experiences” far and wide will accompany the evening’s entertainment.   Opera events in Nashville, New York, and places in between are among the silent auction items up for bids.

Guest artists and returning opera program alumni will provide special musical interludes.  Current students will display an amazing array of talent, and Opera Theatre Director Dr. Paul Houghtaling will direct.  In all, nearly two dozen artists will perform.

All proceeds from the sale of tickets and silent auction items will benefit the UA Opera Theatre and the students who study there.

Tickets are $100 each and may be purchased by PayPal or credit card by going on the web to uaoperaguild.org and clicking on the highlighted link under “Bravo! Third Annual Opera Guild Gala.”

No web access? Contact Guild President Francine Marasco at 205-310-2348 to arrange for ticket orders.   Early ticket purchase is recommended, as a limited number of seats are available.  The event is scheduled from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m.

The Opera Guild at the University of Alabama was formed in November of 2013, with a four-part purpose: to support student artists in the UA Opera Theatre program, to increase ticket sales, donations and fans, to enhance the visibility of opera at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa and elsewhere, and to educate and reach out to diverse audiences in the community, so they can appreciate all the UA opera program has to offer.

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