Around the Town: MNA hosts concert Friday

2013-04-03T05:00:00Z Around the Town: MNA hosts concert FridayABBIE GRIPMAN Arizona Daily Sun
April 03, 2013 5:00 am  • 

On Friday, the Museum of Northern Arizona will host a concert by Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin and Todd Phillips. Brashear is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. McLaughlin is the 1988 National Flatpicking Guitar Champion. He has toured and recorded extensively with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street. McLaughlin and Brashear have been performing together since 1992.

Though steeped in bluegrass tradition, they perform many original songs and draw from a deep repository of acoustic roots music on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. They are joined by Grammy Award-winner and original founding member of David Grisman Quintet, Todd Phillips on acoustic bass. The Blue Moon Trio with Reno and Sheila McCormack and Julie Sullivan will open the show.

This is a First Friday Art Walk event and the museum's exhibit halls will be open to attendees. Tickets are $18 general admission and $20 at the door.

The performance will take place in the Museum of Northern Arizona's Branigar Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a one-hour wine/beer cash bar reception. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Museum of Northern Arizona,, Flagstaff School of Music on E. Seventh Avenue, next door to the White Dove Coffee Shop and Arizona Music Pro in downtown Flagstaff.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road. Further information is available at 774-5213, or

NAU Opera performs Mozart at Ardrey this weekend

NAU Opera will perform Mozart's master comedy "Cosi fan tutte" on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a 6:45 p.m. pre-performance lecture, and Sunday at 2 p.m. with a 1:15 p.m. pre-performance lecture. The opera will be presented at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium in Italian with English supertitles.

The opera title means "All women act so," with a subtitle "O sia La Schuola degli Amanti" ("The school for lovers.") Two young men, Ferrando and Guglielmo, take their blooming love affairs with Dorabella and Fiordiligi too much for granted. Their older friend Don Alfonso and the former nanny of the girls Despina teach them a lesson that you have to respect and fight for your relationship every day of your life. Their journey is filled with humorous surprises.

The opera is double-cast with NAU opera students. Sopranos Maggie Boland and Katherine Watson perform the character of Fiordiligi while Dorabella is presented by sopranos Catherine Thornsley and Michellinda Audis. Despina is performed by sopranos Monika Beauvais and Rebecca Zaner. Baritones Scott Ballantine and Duncan Spore portray Guglielmo and Ferrando is performed by tenors Andrew Surrena and Kyle Homewood. Basses Justin Anderson and Joe Herman perform the character of the more mature Don Alfonso.

The opera is directed by Nando Schellen and assisted by Emily Wells.

Matteo Musumeci is the Italian coach. Jennifer Peterson is in charge of costuming, assisted by Stephanie Nguyen. The opera will be set in the early 20th century. Jacob Escajeda is the technical director.

Nicholas Ross will conduct the opera. His assistant conductors are Kevin Kozacek and Vanja Ljubibratic. The NAU Chamber Orchestra will be playing the productions. Paul Lee, vocal coach of the production, plays the continuo/harpsichord and Karen Miskell is the chorusmaster.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, $9 for NAU faculty and staff, $7 for students, and $6 for students in groups of four or more.

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office located in the University Union across from Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, by calling 523-5661 or by visiting

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. weekdays or all weekend, in parking lot P13, behind the Cline Library.

Send Around the Town news to Abbie Gripman at or call her at 556-2241.

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