From left to right: Bobby Reidling, a music education sophomore from Jefferson, Georgia; Shelby Cody, a senior music major from Mt. Airy. Georgia; Alyssa Stowers, a sophomore music education major from Winder, Georgia; and Amber Stowers (not pictured), a senior music major from Winder, Georgia, will perform as part of the Brenau University Department of Music Opera Workshop at the High Museum of Art's First Friday program April 7, 6-9 p.m. in the Robinson Atrium.
From left to right: Bobby Reidling, a music education sophomore from Jefferson, Georgia; Shelby Cody, a senior music major from Mt. Airy. Georgia; Alyssa Stowers, a sophomore music education major from Winder, Georgia; and Amber Stowers (not pictured), a senior music major from Winder, Georgia, will perform as part of the Brenau University Department of Music Opera Workshop at the High Museum of Art's First Friday program April 7, 6-9 p.m. in the Robinson Atrium.

Music Students to Perform at High Museum’s First Friday Program

Apr. 3, 2017
Kristen Bowman

ATLANTA, Ga. – The High Museum of Art in Atlanta invited the Brenau University Department of Music Opera Workshop to participate in its First Friday program from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Robinson Atrium.

On the first Friday of every month, the High Museum presents an evening of art making and live performances, and it is included for free with the purchase of museum general admission. The museum invites select Georgia universities and colleges to perform in the program, and April’s First Friday will include participation from Brenau, Georgia State, University of Georgia, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, Georgia Tech and Clark Atlanta University. The theme for the evening is “Rep Your School.”

“This opportunity for our Brenau University students to be heard in an artistic venue in Atlanta such as at the High Museum of Art means several things to them,” said Barbara Steinhaus, chair of Brenau’s music department. “They are being taken seriously, they are participating as young professionals, and this experience and exposure is a plus for their own development.”

The Brenau Opera Workshop’s production of the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” set to music by American composer Seymour Barab in 1962, was originally performed almost a year ago in April 2016 at the Gainesville campus’s Pearce Auditorium, where it was warmly received by both adult and child audience members.

Soprano Shelby Cody, a senior music major from Mount Airy, Georgia, and baritone Bobby Reidling, a music education sophomore from Jefferson, Georgia, will sing the roles of Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf. The duet from Leo Delibes’ Lakme, known as “The Flower Duet,” will be performed by sisters Amber and Alyssa Stowers of Winder, Georgia. Amber is a senior music major at Brenau, and Alyssa is a sophomore music education major.

“I am super excited to be performing at the High with my sister Alyssa,” said Amber. “This won’t be the first time we will be singing together, but this is the first for both of us to be performing outside of Brenau. We have been singing together since around age 5. We were lucky enough to grow up in a family that loves and supports the arts.”

The director of the Opera Workshop is Jan Grissom of Suwanee, Georgia, who has performed as a professional opera singer for more than 20 years with 30 opera companies around the country, and she has taught vocal performance and music appreciation for more than 10 years. Ben Leaptrott, assistant professor of music at Brenau, will accompany the opera scenes.

First Fridays are free with general museum admission to the High Museum, located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE in Atlanta. Admission tickets are $14.50 for anyone older than age 6 and free for anyone age 5 or younger. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays.

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