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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Kingsport's Art Nights City Lights continues with ETSU Opera

Contributed by Cathie Faust
Art Nights City Lights -- a performing arts series featuring music, dance, theatre and storytelling -- continues at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Tickets are available from the Arts Council of Greater Kingsport, 423-392-8420, or Kingsport’s Cultural Services office, 423-392-8414. A 20% discount is available for purchases of tickets to 3 or more concerts.

Friday May 6 8:00 PM
ETSU Opera
La Divina Dido and Aeneas
Tickets $10, Students/Srs. $5

La Divina is a contemporary American opera by Thomas Pasatieri. The farewell concert of an opera diva turns out to be one of many “farewell” concerts. In addition to his opera works, Pasatiera’s film orchestrations can be heard in “Road to Perdition”, “American Beauty”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Fried Green Tomatoes”, “Legends of the Fall,” “Scent of a Woman,” and many others.

Dido and Aeneas, a Baroque English opera by Henry Purcell wich is based on Greek mythology, is the most famous early opera featuring the famous aria, “Dido’s lament,” and chorus, “With drooping wings ye cupids come.” Before Aeneas founded Rome, he was a Trojan soldier. When Troy fell, he left with his followers in seven ships. He was shipwrecked on the shores of Carthage, the great African city ruled by Queen Dido. Dido and Aeneas fell deeply in love, but the gods called Aeneas away to fulfill his destiny in Italy, leaving Dido heartbroken.

Major performers in these operas include Eric Hodges of Gray, a voice faculty member at both ETSU and Bristol’s King College; Eddy Herbert, an ETSU junior from Johnson City; and ETSU vocal music majors Candra Savage of Jonesborough, Leslie Anderson and Samuel Crawford of Kingsport, Sara Brimer of Greeneville and Andrea Childress of Elizabethton.

The Art Nights/City Lights series sponsors include:
Arts Council of Greater Kingsport
Birthplace of Country Music Alliance
Bryant Label Co.
Charter Communications
East Tennessee State University
Go Tri-Cities Network
Kingsport Ballet
Kingsport’s Cultural Services Division
Kingsport Theatre Guild
Kingsport Times-News

Date: April 26, 2005
Contact: Bonnie Macdonald, 423-392-8420
Arts Council of Greater Kingsport
Martha Beverly, 423-392-8414
Kingsport’s Cultural Services Division
Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.