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Chamber Orchestra Ogden Concert
Peery's Egyptian Theater
Ogden, UT
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Chamber Orchestra Ogden Concert
Renowned operatic tenor Ta'u Pupu'a will join Chamber Orchestra Ogden for the March 24, 2018 concert, Night at the Opera.  Joining Tau will be Karen Brookens Bruestle, head of Weber State University's Vocal Area and opera program .  Together they will perform a variety of arias and duets, backed up by the orchestra.  The concert will begin at 7:30 at Peery's Egyptian Theater.

The WSU office of Alumni Relations, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Performing Arts are sponsoring this concert.  Additional sponsorship is provided by Eloise Runolfson and Peery's Egyptian Theater, which is an in-kind sponsor of all of the orchestra's concerts.

Ta'u Pupu'a is unique in the opera world.  He was an outstanding Defensive End in the NFL but a career-ending injury changed his life and led him to a new career: opera.  He is just as outstanding in his role as operatic tenor, as shown by the following comments:  "...He seems to have limitless power... but the voice has real gold in its best moments." (New York Times) "...Everyone took notice at his brilliant tone, breath-control and ravishing, powerful tenor..."  (Italian Tribune),

Ta'u Pupu'a is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center (ADOS) and is a native of the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga. He attended Weber State University in Utah on a football scholarship while pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree, during which time he was drafted to the N.F.L. by Coach Bill Bellichick of the Cleveland Browns (which became the Baltimore Ravens). After sustaining an injury playing for the N.F.L., he changed career direction to follow his passion.  You can learn more about Tau at http://www.taupupua.com/

Karen Brookens Bruestle received her Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University.  Upon accepting the position at Weber State, she began building the opera program, and has made it into an extremely successful program that has seen performances of such widely varying operas as Mozart's Magic Flute, and Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

Concert attendees will be treated to performances of such well-known arias as Nessun Dorma from Turandot, Vilia from Lehar's The Merry Widow, La Donna è Mobile from Rigoletto, and others.  Tau and Karen will also join together on the famous duet from La Traviata, Brindisi: Libiamo, nelieti calici.

The orchestra will open the program with Bellini's Overture to Norma, and will perform the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, and the final section of Rossini's Overture to William Tell, interspersed between the arias.

Tickets for this concert are $8.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3320894

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, however free tickets are only available at the door, provided there are seats available.

Well behaved children 8 years and over are welcome to attend.

For more information please visit our website: https://chamberorchestraogden.org, our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at mpalumbo45@gmail.com; 801-624-9232.

COO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  We extend our grateful thanks to Weber County RAMP, Ogden City, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Stewart Foundation, The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, Utah Arts and Museums, and our wonderful individual donors, for their support.


Peery's Egyptian Theater (View)
2415 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT 84401
United States


Arts > Opera
Music > Classical
Music > Symphony

Minimum Age: 8
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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