Texas Tech Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Spring Season Ends with Santa Fe Opera

Written by Sherrel Jones

The Texas Tech Presidential Lecture & Performance series ends its spring season with the Santa Fe Opera spring tour.

Two young singers, Jamie Rose Guarrine and Sean Anderson, will offer free public concerts and daytime performances for grade-school students. The free public concert will include “Words and Music” for the first half of the program.  The second half will consist of popular arias and songs. The event will begin at 2 p.m. on April 18 at the Civic Center Theater. 

“Hosting Santa Fe Opera singers during their spring tour is fast becoming a Lubbock tradition,” said Jo Moore, administrator for the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series. “Texas Tech students, faculty and staff, as well as the Lubbock community, have had the opportunity to hear singers from a world-class opera house for seven years.”

As part of the Lubbock Arts Festival, about 2,000 area public-school children will learn about opera through an entertaining and engaging outreach program performed at the Civic Center Theater. The performance for students is a short original piece, “Words and Music,” which explores the relationship between words and music.

Guarrine is a soprano singer for the Santa Fe Opera. It is her second apprenticeship with the company. She also has performed with Kentucky Opera, Utah Opera, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The National Symphony of Costa Rica.

Anderson is a baritone singer for the Santa Fe Opera. He was a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice in the summers of 2004 and 2005. In 2007, he returned for the company’s “One- Hour Opera” The Night Bell.  He also has performed Marcello in the acclaimed Baz Luhrman production of La Bohème. 

For more information, visit www.presidentialseries.ttu.edu.

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CONTACT: Cathy Jung, marketing/public relations, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700, or cathy.jung@ttu.edu; Jo Moore, administrator, Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700, or jo.moore@ttu.edu