Opera Night in Chugiak-Eagle River Feb. 7

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 23:00

Alaskan opera fans are in for a rare treat.

It isn’t often that world-class opera comes to Anchorage except via way of the downtown performing arts center. It’s even less often that opera shows up in the Chugiak-Eagle River area other than productions by the music and theatre departments of local schools or that of the Alaska Fine Arts Academy.

So, if you’ve ever wanted an up-close view of and listening encounter with a full-fledged opera professional, attending the “Opera Love” event sponsored by the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation on Feb. 7 will scratch that desire off your bucket list.

Headlining the solo vocal concert is Marsha Ackerman, a mezzo-soprano and graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and New England Conservatory, who is making the most of her husband’s military assignment at JBER-Elmendorf by participating in various performances with the Anchorage Chorus, Anchorage Opera and most recently as the featured artist for the Anchorage Festival of Music.

Ackerman appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera in productions of The Abduction from the Seraglio, l’Elisir d’Amore, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro, Un Ballo in Maschera, Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, and Thaïs. Her concert performances in Boston included regular appearances at the renowned Trinity Church in Copley Square, where she was a featured soloist in Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, and the premiere revival performance of Hora Novissima by Horatio Parker. Prior to relocating to the Anchorage area, Ackerman she performed the role of Mercedes with the Gulf Coast Opera.

Accompanying Ackerman Feb. 7 is Juliana Osinchuk, an accomplished pianist, owner of JLOD Music Enterprises, Inc. of Anchorage and founder and director of the Young Alaska Artist Award with the AFM.

The “Opera Love” event features a series of deeply romantic Spanish songs in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

It is being hosted in a private home in Chugiak to raise funds for the charitable work of the CER Foundation. Spanish wines and assorted tapas will be served.

Interested music patrons are asked to contact Merry Braham, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce special events director, to make attendance commitments and receive directions to the event’s location. A suggested donation of $100 is being advertised by promoters.

Call the CER Chamber of Commerce at 694-4702.

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