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Wednesday Memo
Nov. 19, 2014

Opera Scenes concert is this Friday and Saturday

UM announces addition of women's lacrosse

UM athletics announces 2015 hall of fame inductees

 

Opera Scenes concert is this Friday and Saturday

The annual Opera Scenes concert will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, at 7:30 nightly in LeBaron Recital Hall.

Opera Director Charles Wood pointed out that this year’s opera ensemble is the largest yet, with nearly 20 singers ranging from freshman through graduate level.

“With a cast this large, we will be performing two large finales,” Wood noted. “One from The Barber of Seville and one adaptation from Kurt Weill’s Street Scene.”

Ensemble members include Logan Anthony, Alexandra Austin, Dezmond Cole, Grace Conner, Mattie Crisp, Stacy Daniels, Blane Freeman, Miles Jenkins, LeeArron Klosterman, Garrett Lenzie, Jason McClure, Chelsea Orr, Calliope Pettis, Rachel Pickering, David Pohler, Caitlyn Reynolds, Krysten Richards, Laura Thomas and Jacob Wooten.

In all, the concert will feature selected scenes from a variety of operas that cover more than 200 years of music history, featuring operas by composers such as Mozart, Bizet and Rossini, as well as more-recent compositions by Kurt Weill and Gian Carlo Menotti. For the first time, the concert will include a scene from Vincenzo Bellini’s opera La Sonnambula, which will be performed in Italian.

Wood is looking forward, as well. “As soon as this concert is finished, we will audition for our production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which will be performed in April,” he said.

Opera Scenes will be accompanied by pianist Laurie Middaugh. This concert is free and open to the public.

 

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UM announces addition of women’s lacrosse

Courtesy: UM Sports Information

UM President John W. Stewart III recently announced the addition of women’s lacrosse as the 16th intercollegiate sport following approval by the UM Board of Trustees at its most-recent meeting.

Women’s lacrosse will become the ninth women’s intercollegiate sport at the University.

“I would like to thank the University Board of Trustees and President Stewart for approving women’s lacrosse as we continue to add opportunities for prospective students,” said Athletic Director Mark Richard. “Lacrosse is a growing sport on the national landscape and we are excited to be part of the sport’s continued growth within the state of Alabama.”

The women’s lacrosse program will begin its inaugural season in spring 2016.

A national search to find the first head coach in the history of the program will begin immediately. The program will play home games at the brand new natural grass field at the track and field facility, which will be completed in the spring. (For more information about the head coaching position and the program’s new facility, visit www.montevallo.edu or www.montevallofalcons.com.)

Montevallo will become the 85th NCAA Division II institution to field women’s lacrosse. The Falcons will become the second Peach Belt Conference member to add the sport, joining Young Harris College.

Montevallo will become the 18th institution in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region to add women’s lacrosse, joining Young Harris, nine programs from Conference Carolinas and seven programs from the South Atlantic Conference.

Women’s lacrosse joins women’s track and field, men’s track and field, softball and competitive cheerleading as additions to the athletic department at the University in the past three years.

With the addition of women’s lacrosse, the University will continue to add to its student-athlete population, which makes up roughly 12 percent of the total undergraduate student population.

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UM athletics announces 2015 hall of fame inductees

Courtesy: UM Sports Information

The University of Montevallo Athletics Hall of Fame Committee has announced eight selections for induction into the Class of 2015.

All eight members of the Class of 2015 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, on the University of Montevallo campus.

A reception will be held for the inductees at 5:45 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at Anna Irvin Hall. Additional information about the reception and induction ceremony will be shared as it becomes available.

The Class of 2015 includes former men’s basketball All-American Marcus Kennedy, former men’s soccer All-American Jonathan Maloney, former women’s soccer All-American Stacey Balaam and All-Gulf South Conference selection Adele Jackson, former volleyball All-American Denise Heisler, former baseball All-Americans Zach Andrews and Josh Johnson and former women’s basketball All-Gulf South Conference selection Erica Harris.

To view the athletic accomplishments of each of these inductees, visit UM 2015 Hall of Fame class.

This year’s group represents the 22nd class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame dating back to 1989. With the addition of the Class of 2015, the Hall of Fame now features 84 individuals and one team.

 

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