NDNU Students Workshop New Compositions

Belmont, CA, April 26, 2010 — Students from Notre Dame De Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts will make history on May 1 when they present a New Works Showcase in Cunningham Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m. The showcase will include Angel of the Amazon and Children of the Sun.

Angel of the Amazon, written and composed by Dr. Evan Mack, was inspired by the life of Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Dorothy Stang, who was murdered in the Amazon of Brazil in February 2005. Scenes from the opera will be presented in association with the Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement.

Children of the Sun, composed by faculty member Henry Mollicone with libretto by William Luce, is a new music theatre work based on the story of Juan Diego’s vision of the Virgin Mary in Tepeyac, Mexico in 1531.

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to workshop these two new pieces, and work closely with the composers,” said Debra Lambert, chair of the Department of Music and Vocal Arts. “Both works are astonishing and reflective of the larger-than-life events that they represent.”

Both shows are directed by Greg Fritsch with assistance from the composers. Angel of the Amazon features Kelly Jean Hammond and Claire Karoly as Sr. Dorothy Stang, with Carlo Olmos and Nicholas Patton. Children of the Sun features Alexis Flores as the Virgin Mary and Michael D. Reed as Juan Diego, with Bailey Batti, Mary Diane Garcia, Kelly Jean Hammond, Claire Karoly, Shannon Kilpatrick, Daniel G. Norberg, Christina Pascual, Sara Sanocki, and Wayne Self, and faculty members Debra Lambert and Gregory Stapp.

Tickets cost $20 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. The Cunningham Memorial Chapel is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. For more information, call the Box Office at 650-508-3729, or email concerts@ndnu.edu.