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BLUFFTON TO PRESENT MESSIAH
Bluffton University will present its 117th performance of Handels "Messiah" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.
Dr. Jon C. Peterson, an assistant professor of music at Bluffton, will conduct the Bluffton Choral Society and the chamber orchestra. Soloists are Keyona Willis, soprano; Sandra Agans Krueger, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Wheeker, tenor; and Darrell P. Jones, bass.
Willis is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Ohio State University, where she also earned a masters degree in music. She has performed with OSU Opera and with Opera Columbus, including this season, as Mimi, in its production of "La Bohème." She recently portrayed Alice Ford in Verdis "Falstaff" in New York, and has also sung "The Ruby Elzy Story," inspired by David Weavers book, "Black Diva of the Thirties." The 2010 winner of a Women in Music competition, the Sunbury, Ohio, native holds a bachelors degree in music from Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio.
Krueger is a performer and recitalist who also maintains a vocal studio in Findlay, Ohio. She has performed recently with the Fort Findlay Playhouse and is vice president of the Findlay Light Opera Company. She is writing a musical review for the companys February production, in which she will be a featured performer as well. She earned bachelors and masters degrees in music from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., and Southern Illinois University, respectively. She has also performed at the Southern Illinois Music Festival and with Opera in the Ozarks and Winter Opera St. Louis.
Wheeker, from Kettering, Ohio, is an undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnatis College-Conservatory of Music, where he has performed in several productions. He has also worked with the Dayton Bach Society, has been a soloist in productions of a Mozart "Missa Brevis" and Haydns "Mass in Time of War," and has been chosen as the featured soloist in Puccinis "Messa di Gloria." A finalist in several nationally known vocal competitions, he plans to pursue a masters degree in opera.
While pursuing his bachelors degree in music education at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Jones toured Europe as a featured soloist with the Xavier Concert Choir. He has also been a soloist for a production of Mozarts "Requiem" at Northern Kentucky University and, among other opera roles, has performed in "Carmen" with the Cincinnati Opera. An accomplished jazz singer and trombonist as well, he was invited to sing with the Chicago Symphony Chorus in a 1999 performance of Shostakovichs "Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)," conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, a student of Shostakovich.
Bluffton public relations, 11/29/12