The Duncan Banner

Local News

March 13, 2014

Tulsa Opera performs at Emerson Elementary

DUNCAN — Local students got an introduction to opera music Wednesday when the Tulsa Opera troupe performed at Emerson Elementary.

The group of five traveling troupe members performed “The Coyotes and the Rabbits.” The performance was followed by a question-and-answer session directed at encouraging students to follow their passions and to keep working to improve their talents.

“For all of us, (our talent) it’s still growing,” said Whitney Hollis, who played the piano for the Tulsa Opera troupe. “If you like to sing now, stick with it. You only get better.”

The story line for “The Coyotes and the Rabbits” was presented as a way of encouraging students to read. There were two coyotes and two rabbits. Of the coyotes, one didn’t think reading was important and was outsmarted by the rabbits on multiple occasions. The other coyote, cousin of the first, was able to explain how his cousin was outsmarted by explaining the things he learned from reading books.

The troupe’s visit to Emerson Elementary marks the 41st performance of “The Coyotes and the Rabbits” by the Tulsa Opera. In all, the singers will perform the production to 50 groups of elementary students.

Tim Petty, one of the performers, said more than 20,000 children will see the performance by the time the traveling program is done. Hollis said the group started working on the production individually after receiving the music in August 2013.

Stefan Barner, another performer, told the students he enjoys opera because of the various artistic elements required to bring it together. Barner said there’s musical arts, ranging from singing and musical instruments, and visual arts, including set design.

“You have people from all types of arts,” Barner said. “It kind of brings together all types of art forms.”

1
Text Only
Local News
Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN