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Clarksville choruses present world premier opera

November 19, 2002

Celebrate the birth of Christ with the Clarksville Children's Chorus and members of the Clarksville Community Chorus as they present a world premier opera at Austin Peay.

"The Birds of Bethlehem” will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the concert hall of the music/mass communication building. The story is a beautiful legend about the various birds that visited the manger on the night of Christ's birth.

Writers Richard Shepard, a music teacher in York, England, and Mark Schweizer, a Hopkinsville, Ky., musician, have collaborated on three other operas: “King Wenceslas,” “St. Nicholas” and “The Shepard's Story,” all of which premiered either at Austin Peay or in Hopkinsville.

The opera includes performances by singer soloists Eunice Kern, Carolyn Riggins, Paul Petersen, Valerie Oyen-Larsen, Chris Mader, Michell Dykes and APSU Associate Professor of Music Dr. Thomas King. Dancers include Lauren Laugeness and Brintley Clark. Sylvia Carter will accompany on piano; Mike Sorensen will provide set and lighting design; King will act as stage director; and Lyndia Fuller and Dr. Vicki King will conduct the performance.

The concert is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone Deirdre Repass, coordinator at the Community School of the Arts, at 7508.