The USD Symphony Orchestra will give a free concert on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
The concert will feature Brandon Hendrickson, interim assistant professor of voice and opera in the Music Department at USD. He will appear as soloist in Tchaikovsky's beautiful "Prince Yeletsky's Aria" from Pique Dame. He will also sing a medley of traditional holiday music, with the audience invited to participate in the last three carols – "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful," "Jingle Bells," and "Joy to the World."
Hendrickson earned his master of music degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) and is currently in the D.M.A program at The U. Brandon is an Iowa native hailing from Atlantic and received his bachelor of music degree from Simpson College in Indianola, IA. As an undergraduate he had the opportunity to sing a number of opera roles including Constantine in Pasatieri's, The Seagul, Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Cascada in Lehar's The Merry Widow, Figaro in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer's Night Dream, and El Dancairo in Bizet's Carmen.
Brandon's recent tirumphs include debuts with the Louisiana Sinfonietta, Pensacola Opera, Opéra Louisiane and The Dallas Opera in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's great American Opera, Moby Dick.
The program will also include Beethoven's 2nd Symphony and the lovely Pavane by Gabriel Fauré.
The opening number will be an arrangement of W. C. Handy's (known as the "father of the blues") The St. Louis Blues.For more information contact Rick Rognstad, 677-5722.