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Tickets are not needed for this event.

The recommended contribution is $20 for adults and $5 for children and students.

About the performance:

Master Chorale of Flagstaff joins with NAU Community Music and Dance Academy to present a Valentine’s opera by English Baroque composer, John Blow. Complete with Cupid and Cupid’s pupils, this performance will be presented with dancers and children’s chorus, Baroque orchestra, and professional vocal soloists. This Valentine’s performance lasts about one hour and is suitable for families with children.

Presented with 

Marshall Magnet School Choir, Linda Stamer, Director

Sechrist Elementary School, Kaitlyn Leung, Director 

Northern Arizona University Community Music and Dance Academy

Andrew Needhamer, choreographer

Baroque Orchestra sponsored by Little Music Makers of Flagstaff

Featuring:

Sydney Murrell Han, Cupid

Terri Richter, Venus

Talen Bowling-Swan, Adonis


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Andrew Needhammer, A.R.A.D, R.A.D. R.T.S.  began his ballet studies with Janet Mitchell and Edward  Verso in Oakland, New Jersey then studied with Richard Thomas, Barbara Fallis and Daniel Levans at the New York School of Ballet. He joined American Ballet  Theatre II and toured the U.S., Canada, Korea and Japan before becoming a  member of the National Ballet of Canada where he performed in many of the great classic and contemporary ballets including leading and featured roles in Nureyev’s  Sleeping Beauty, Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Ashton’s The Dream. He joined  Ballet Arizona and danced principal roles in The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet,  Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo and Balanchine’s Serenade and The Four Temperaments. Mr.  Needhammer is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance and a Registered  Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. He has students who have participated in  summer intensives in the U.S. and London, are dance majors at universities around  the United States and attending pre-professional programs with companies  nationwide. Six of his students have been semi-finalists in the Fonteyn (Genee)  International Ballet Competition in London, Toronto, Glasgow and Wellington, New  Zealand as well as students receiving prizes at the RAD USA Dance Challenge in  Long Beach, California in Levels 2, 3 and 4. Several of Mr. Needhammer’s students are currently dance professionals with New York City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet,  Ballet Arizona, and the Broadway production of West Side Story. He currently directs the Dance Division of the Northern Arizona University Community Music and  Dance Academy. 

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Sydney Murrell Han (mezzo-soprano) is a recent alumnus from Northern Arizona University, receiving their bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. During her time at NAU, Mx. Murrell Han studied with soprano, Deborah Raymond, and mezzo-soprano, Dr. Cynthia Skelley-Wohlschlager. During their five years at NAU, Sydney has participated in several of the Northern Arizona University Lyric Theatre productions including: W.A. Mozart’s operas, Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta), Suor Angelica (Suor Dolcina), and La Finta Giardiniera (Arminda). More recently, Sydney performed the role of Madame Desrochés in Hans Bridger Heruth’s A Certain Madness, and Jo March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women. Last summer, Mx. Murrell Han performed the role of Brittomara from Jake Heggie’s opera, IF I WERE YOU with Nightingale Opera Theatre in Hudson, Ohio. 

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Soprano Terri Richter has inhabited a niche at the intersection of performance and scholarship. As a performing artist, she specializes in baroque repertoire. Terri has an extensive and successful background in opera, oratorio, early music, art song, vocal chamber music, earning critical acclaim with such prestigious presenting organizations as Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists. She holds a DMA in Voice and Opera from UCLA. 

As a graduate of Seattle Opera Young Artist’s Program, Terri went on to perform many roles with Seattle Opera, including Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Oscar in Verdi’s The Masked Ball, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Marie in Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment. Most recently, Terri appeared in the role of Susanna for the West Coast Premiere performance of Mercadante’s I Due Figaro, and presented a multi-media concert of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Her solo voice can also be heard on several major motion picture and video game soundtracks, including Halo 2 and Medal of Honor.

Terri has served as Adjunct Music Faculty or Visiting Lecturer at Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University, Biola University, and California State University Long Beach. She is thrilled to be joining NAU’s musicology faculty for the 2022-23 academic year.  

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Talen Bowling-Swan received his Master’s Degree in Voice from Northern Arizona University in 2020. An avid lover of opera, Mr. Bowling-Swan has performed as a guest artist in a variety of programs across Northern Arizona. Recent performances of Mr. Bowling-Swan include the Narrator role in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Morton Gould’s The Jogger and the Dinosaur and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals Suite, as a Featured Soloist in the FSO’s Orchestra Moves concert, and as a Guest Artist in the Prescott Chorale’s performance of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat.

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