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Soprano Dr. Nancy Roberts, assistant professor of music at Black Hills State University, will perform a sampling of arias by George Frederick Handel Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.

A sampling of the George Frederic Handel’s arias, written and inspired by the artist’s influential years in Italy, will be performed Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the Black Hills State University campus, with a pre-performance reception at 3:30 p.m. in the foyer.

Soprano Dr. Nancy Roberts, assistant professor of music at BHSU, will sing and speak about the nuances of Handel’s works, accompanied by Dr. Janeen Larsen, pianist and BHSU professor emeritus. Roberts, a well-known singer and teacher in the region, coaches voice students who have won many state competitions.

The event includes special pre-and post-performance receptions with Italian-themed food and beverages. Dr. Jonathan Nero, baritone, accompanied by Dr. Symeon Waseen, will perform during the receptions. Both are assistant professors of music at BHSU. Proceeds from the Italian-themed event will be used to fund opera scholarships for the Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute. A donation of $20 per person is suggested.

The Opera Theater Institute, in its 14th season this summer, will be June 9- 23, 2012. The workshop and performances, sponsored in part by BHSU, provide an excellent experience for pre-professional opera students throughout the United States, and provide enriching opportunities for Black Hills area audiences. The director, Johanna Meier, is an internationally-renowned opera singer, best known for her roles in Wagner Operas. Since her retirement to her hometown of Spearfish in 1998, Meier has been committed to enhancing the education of career-oriented musicians whose goal is to perform on stage. She brings her many years of stage experience to help students reach their goals, and many of her professional colleagues in the opera world come to join in the endeavor as faculty and staff members for the Institute. Meier was awarded an honorary doctorate by BHSU in 2003, and was selected for the prestigious South Dakota Governor's Awards in the Arts in 2011.