The Opera Club of The Villages encourages all lovers of good music who are residents of The Villages to attend our regular monthly meetings and the special performances scheduled. You do not have to sing or know all about opera - a love of good music is our only requirement. Members as well as visitors are welcome.
The main mission of the Opera Club is to collect donations from members and friends, or from special fund raising events, to fund the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarships, which are awarded to graduating high school seniors from Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties, who are planning to pursue music education in college.
If you would like to make a contribution toward our Scholarship Fund, a remittance form is attached here.
In the past two years we have awarded $72,000 to deserving students.
In addition to checking the Recreation News of The Villages "Daily Sun," you may receive advance notice of upcoming events, as well as news about the club by signing up for email. To get on our mailing list or to change an existing email address, please contact Membership Chairman Lou Sasmor at firstname.lastname@example.org or Roy Ullrich at email@example.com
Because we have outgrown the room in which our meetings have taken place for the past several years, we have switched to the Lincoln Theater of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center. Since February 2014, we have held out meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The exceptions were November and December 2015, when Thanksgiving and Christmas fell on the fourth Thursday and alternate arrangements had to be made.
Opera Club Celebrates Christmas
On the evening of Friday, December 18, 2015, a large and festive crowd of Opera Club members and friends filled the Lincoln Theatre of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center to celebrate the season. Entertainment was provided by current, former, and future Harold S. Schartz Scholarship winners who presented a delightful and varied program. After the conclusion of the program, the crowd "attacked" the colorful and tasty refreshment table so appetizingly put together by Doris Goodwin and Rudy Ruckert.
First up were what we might call our future scholarship winners. Aidan Smith and Genesis Kraucak are a senior and a sophomore, respectively, at The Villages Charter High School who are enrolled in our Music Assistance Program (MAP) and who sang a couple of selections, accompanied by Gary Lacroix on the piano.
Current and former Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship winners were up next. First we heard a couple of selections sung by tenor Devin Eatmon, who has become a Villages favorite and who won his scholarship in 2013. He is currently studying at Florida State University.
Next we heard from mezzo-soprano Katie Nadolny who won a Harold Schwartz scholarship "way back" in 2007. She has since earned a degree in Music from Stetson University and continued her education by getting a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan. She currently has a teaching position. Both were accom-panied on the piano by Carol Guglielm (pictured at left). Lastly we were treated to several piano pieces played by one of this year's scholarship winners, Harrison Ronald from Mount Dora.
To complete the evening, we were entertained by David Rowan, who is one of the two music teachers and the choral director at The Villages Charter High School, and who sang for us.
After well deserved applause, five of our entertainers (Genesis had to leave early) took a final bow. Then it was off to the re-freshment table, laden with all sorts of goodies.
This brings the Fall 2015 portion of the Opera Club's program to a conclusion. We have already experienced a wealth of varied presentations, and we have been promised more of the same in the new year. We are indebted to our Program Chair, President Gerri Piscitelli and to Scholarship Chair Maggie Dick, who arranged for our performers this evening.