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Symphony 2: A Night at the Opera

Symphony 2: A Night at the Opera
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 7:30 pm
WK Kellogg Auditorium

Your Battle Creek Symphony teams up with baritone Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, the Battle Creek Community Chorus, and area high school and college choirs to present a tour through some of the most popular, familiar, and beloved operas of all time. A mix of sweeping overtures, soaring arias, and magnificent choruses, A Night at the Opera is the perfect night out for opera lovers and an exciting introduction for novices!


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Gerald Case Blanchard

Dr. Gerald J. Case-Blanchard

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Case-Blanchard has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. He is featured on several commercial recordings including his solo compact disc, With A Song In My Heart on Blue Griffin Records and Mozart's Requiem Mass in D Minor, under the artistic direction of Maestro Charles Burke and the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra on Orchestra Hall Records. Dr. Case-Blanchard currently serves as the director of vocal/choral music at Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek), a position he has held since 2004. Among his many awards and recognition, in Summer 2000, he was a first-place winner in the Opera Memphis/University of Memphis National Singers Search auditions. He is also a Gil Rau Choral Scholar, a King/Chavez/Parks Fellow and was a 2001 Classical Division winner in the inaugural vocal competition sponsored by the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra. An award-winning artist, teacher, mentor, scholar, and administrator, Case-Blanchard is an expert on African American art songs and spirituals. Highlights of Case-Blanchard’s career include performances with the Philadelphia (PA), Kennett (PA), Battle Creek (MI), Lansing (MI), Midland (MI) and Kalamazoo (MI) Symphony Orchestras. In addition to his concert work, he has performed with the renowned Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and Opera, Opera Delaware, and the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia. A highly sought-after recitalist, clinician, lecturer, and mentor, Dr. Case-Blanchard received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Conducting from West Chester University's School of Music (PA), Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Central Michigan University's School of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Michigan State University's College of Music.


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