Free opera concerts planned in Macomb park

By YOLOTZIN FRANCO, NEWS3 Reporter

MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3) – The Western Illinois University School of Music Opera Theatre will offer a free concert in a local park.

Associate Professor of Voice Penelope Shumate will direct “Opera in the Park.” Shumate will also be assisted by senior students Gracelynn Norgaard and Edie Wester. The concert will feature voice students and a pianist.

The concert will take place at 5 p.m. on April 30 and May 1 in Chandler Park.

The concert will include pieces from the operas “The Magic Flute,” “Bastien und Bastienne,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and “Così fan tutte,” by Mozart, “L’elisir d’amore,” by Donizetti, “Hänsel und Gretel,” by Humperdinck, “Regina,” by Blitzstein, and scenes from Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas “The Mikado and Patience.”

Members of the community who wish to attend should bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy the concert. Members should also follow the CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and keeping a safe social distance.

The concert will be live-streamed from the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall in case of inclement weather.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring opera and operetta out of the music venue and into the community,” Shumate said. “I hope people will be excited to come out and hear these talented artists of WIU.”