John M. Watson Memorial Concert and Senior Prize in Music
Friday, April 27, 2018
Hiram, OH 44234
The 12th annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert will feature a world-renowned opera singer and one of Hiram’s own, Andrea Anelli ’83 from ContempOpera Cleveland.
The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance in the Bates Hall lobby..
About the concert:
The Watson Senior Prize and Annual Concert are funded by a Hiram College endowment established in memory of John M. Watson by his family. John grew up in Hiram and was a gifted, gentle, caring, feisty, and creative young man with a deep love for all types of music. A tragic accident took his life in 1991 at the age of twenty-six. To honor his memory and further enrich the Hiram College community, this fund makes possible annual concerts of world-class quality music and helps facilitate graduate studies in music for gifted Hiram College students. The annual award winner of the John M. Watson Senior Prize in Music is announced at the John M. Watson Memorial Concert.
About the Performer:
Andrea Anelli ’83, soprano. In 2006, Andrea Anelli took on the challenge of making professional opera accessible and affordable by founding Opera Per Tutti/Opera for All, now known as Cleveland Opera Theater. She led the company from its first performance of a semi-staged La Boheme accompanied by piano in the auditorium of Beachwood Middle School in May 2007 to a residency at Cleveland Public Theater in the Gordon Square Arts District and on to the premiere performance in 2015 of a fully staged and orchestrated Tosca at the Cleveland Performance Arts Center with sets designed by renowned architect Richard Fleischman. In June 2016, she founded a new company, ContempOpera/Cleveland, with the mission of giving a voice to the composers of our time through concert performances showcasing new and unique operatic and vocal works. In addition to acting as Director of ContempOpera Cleveland, Andrea also maintains a full performance schedule. Recent roles include Blanche in the Midwest premiere of Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Mimi in La Boheme, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Magda in La Rondine and the title roles in Marguerite: A World Premiere Adaptation of Gounod’s Faust, Suor Angelica and Tosca. Concert appearances include Puccini: The Man and His Music and On Ma Journey: A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual at Severance Hall. She will perform the title role in a premiere performance of the one-woman opera, Mary Chesnut by composer Steven Mark Kohn in June 2018. She has been featured as the cover story for Cleveland Business Connects Magazine and was awarded the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Award for her contribution to the Arts.