The SHSU School of Music will present a tragic opera, cello and collaborative piano concerts beginning Friday.

The Opera Workshop production of “Dido and Aeneas” will be held Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Based on Virgil’s Aenied, the opera tells the story of two lovers torn apart by witches, pride and their own love.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for non-SHSU students and free for students with an SHSU ID.

On Sunday, the SHSU Cello Studio and special guest soprano Yuri Maria Saenz will perform a program featuring pieces arranged for the instrument at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

“We will play concertos for cello by Haydn and Saint-Saens accompanied by cellos, instead of piano, featuring student performers Alisa Garcia and Leroy James Cavazos, said Daniel Saenz, adjunct professor of cello. “The SHSU Cello Studio will also be joined by soprano Yuri Maria Saenz to end the program in the gorgeous ‘Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5’ by Hector Villa-Lobos.”

Finally, at 6 p.m. on that day, students from the Collaborative Piano Techniques Class, accompanied by other instrumentalists and vocalists, will take their audience around the world with music from a variety of eras. The performance will be held in the Recital Hall.

“The student pianists will be each playing pieces with other instrumentalists, including saxophone, viola, clarinet, flute, marimba and cello, throughout the evening,” said Ilonka Rus, assistant professor of piano. “Also not to forget there will be two-piano or one-piano, four-hand pieces (with two people playing at the same piano).”

A reception will follow.

Both Sunday concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the School of Music at (936) 294-1360.



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