‘Hope’ comes to LMC

Recital Hall to host opera performance

Brenna Enos, Staff Writer

For opera lovers and music fans alike, An Evening of Classical Vocal Elegance will be held in the Los Medanos College Recital Hall Tuesday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. This musical performance will feature a variety of music styles sung by a professional operatic soprano.

Star of the night Hope Briggs will perform opera music from the works of classical German composer Robert Schumann, French romantic composer Gabriel Faure and a variety of African American Spiritual songs arranged by composer such as Jacqueline Hairston. Throughout the evening, Briggs will be accompanied by classically trained pianist Bill Quist, who performs with the San Francisco Opera.

With a lot of professional musical experience behind her, Briggs has been a featured soloist in many shows such as The Opening Night Gala Concert with Oakland East Bay Symphony and San Francisco Symphony’s The Wondrous Sounds of Christmas.

Known for her amazing stage presence and beautiful voice, Briggs is a Metropolitan Opera International Vocal Competition Award Winner and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Finalist.

Having performed at LMC before, Briggs asked to for another evening of operatic music. Due LMC’s extensive music program and genuine love for all things music, the music directors were more than willing to take her offer.

“This program supports opera lovers,” exclaimed LMC Professor Silvester Carl Henderson. 

LMC professors aren’t the only people excited about the musical events put on at LMC. Many students are looking forward not only to An Evening of Classical Vocal Elegance, but to many of the upcoming musical performances.

“I think it’s awesome that we have such easy access to musical events,” said LMC music major Rebecca Moeller. “It makes being a music major a lot more enjoyable because you have so many opportunities to experience different styles of music.”

An Evening of Classical Vocal Elegance is free and the show will last for an hour and a half.