School of Music to Perform "Susannah" for Spring Opera

The performance is a collaboration between opera theatre students and the University Symphony Orchestra.

Carlisle Floyd

Carlisle Floyd

At 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 31) and Saturday (April 1) in the Allen Theatre of the Texas Tech University Student Union Building, the Texas Tech School of Music opera theatre students, along with the University Symphony Orchestra, will perform “Susannah” by Carlisle Floyd.

Tickets are on sale at the School of Music website and at Eventbrite for the city of Lubbock. Tickets also can be purchased at the door one hour prior to each performance. General admission tickets are $15, senior tickets (ages 60 and older) and non-Texas Tech students are $10. Texas Tech students get in free with their Texas Tech ID.

“Susannah,” is one of the most performed American operas nationwide. It was written during the McCarthyism period of the United States by Floyd, who was a professor at Florida State University. The opera takes place in New Hope Valley, Tennessee, and the main character, Susannah Polk, tries to navigate her church family after being branded a sinner and coming to terms with gray areas of morality.

The production is being staged by Gregory Brookes, assistant professor of voice. John Hollins, associate professor of voice, will conduct the opera orchestra.

This opera contains mature themes and situations. Audience discretion is advised.


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School of Music

The School of Music

The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.

With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.

Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.

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