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
The long awaited benefit concert was held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at St. Timothy's Catholic Church with an enthusiastic crowd of almost 500 in attendance. This event, sponsored by the Paul and Phyllis Chu Charitable Trust, was for the benefit of the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program.
The outstanding artists engaged for this event performed splendidly and were thanked with thunderous applause. Monica Benson from Chicago lead off the evening, first by playing the bugle solo "Call to the Post", followed by Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet. Tenor Jorge Luis Martinez, a crowd favorite, originally from Puerto Rico, but now living in Arkansas, presented several arias.
Next up was Soprano Carson Dorsey from Dallas, who is a student of Molly Fillmore at the University of North Texas. She sang four popular arias, including "O mio Babino caro" from Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." Last, but not least, pianist Adam Rothenberg from Syracuse, New York demonstrate his mastery of the keyboard with various selections, including Preludes by George Gershwin. Adam, among his many accomplishments, is currently the substitute pianist for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Master of Ceremonies John Dew introduced each of the artists and gave brief biographies. After an intermission, the second half of the program featured lighter fare, including some Broadway numbers.
This benefit concert has become so popular that plans have already been initiated for a repeat performance in November of 2018.
Pauline Pan, Scholarship Co-Chair; Pianist Adam Rothenberg; Soprano Carson Dorsey; Brass Instrumentalist Monica Benson; Tenor Jorge Luis Martinez; Gerri Piscitelli, Opera Club President; Maestro Bill Doherty. Piano accompanist Linda Charlton not pictured.
(clockwise from top left) Monica Benson playing the trumpet, Tenor Jorge Luis Martinez, Adam Rothenberg at the piano, Soprano Carson Dorsey