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April 18, 2014

Accomplished vocalists to perform Tuesday at WSCC

HANCEVILLE — Two amazing vocalists will perform on Tuesday, April 22 at Wallace State Community College as part of the college’s annual Arts in April celebration.

Mezzo-soprano Maggie Gill and Tenor Shane Bloemetjie will each sing a selection of operatic and/or musical theater tunes as they perform, accompanied on piano by Mike Sparks, chair of the WSCC’s humanities department and a music instructor at the college. They will be performing arias by Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini, and songs by George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and others.

Maggie Gill, originally from Red Banks, Miss., is graduate student at Samford University. She holds the bachelor of music degree in vocal performance and music history from the University of Memphis.

This year Gill appeared in the Opera Birmingham production of Suor Angelica as the Lay Sister. She performed last fall with Samford Opera as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, and was the soprano soloist in the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus's performance of Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.

Gill currently serves as associate for music at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Vestavia Hills.

Bloemetjie is a senior at UAB, where he performed in numerous roles in both opera and musical theater. He is a southeastern regional winner of National Association of Teachers of Singing in musical theater. During the summer, Bloemetjie sings with The Lake Junaluska Singers.

Gill and Bloemetjie will perform at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Burrow Center Recital Hall at Wallace State. Admission is free and is open to the public.

The list of remaining events planned for Arts in April include:

Art Exhibition, April 14-26 in the Burrow Center, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WSCC Jazz Band Dance, 7 p.m. April 18, Burrow Center, $15 donation

WSCC Jazz Band at Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, April 19, Carver Theatre in Birmingham; time to be announced

Musician and composer Kurt Heineke (VeggieTales), 9:30 a.m. April 21, Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre

Student Convocation, 12:15 p.m. April 24, Burrow Recital Hall

Beatles Revolution, 9:30 a.m. April 24, Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre

Beatles Revolution, 7 p.m. April 24-26, Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre, $7 adults, $5 students, free ages 5 and under

Art Exhibition Artists’ Reception, 10 a.m. to noon April 26, Burrow Center

WSCC Concert Band, 9:30 a.m. April 29, Burrow Recital Hall

WSCC Concert Band, 7 p.m. May 1, Burrow Recital Hall

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