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UML Helps NEO Bring Opera to Lowell


LOWELL - Kay George Roberts, professor of music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, will conduct the New England Orchestra (NEO) in its performance of the original opera Vanqui, as part of Living the Legend at the Smith Baker Center on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. 

Roberts, who founded the NEO and maintains her position as musical director, welcomes the opportunity to bring the New England premiere of Vanqui to Lowell.  The opera tells the tale of a musical love story and tragic polemic on slavery set to the sounds of African rhythms and classical motifs blended by composer Leslie Savoy Burrs. 

The performance will feature violinist Diane Monroe, electric bassist Gerald Veasley, South African musician Mogauwane Mahloele, baritone Brian Robinson and a chorus directed by Renese King.   Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors; students are free.

For more information on the event, contact Stephanie Jones McCarthy, from the Cultural Organization of Lowell at 978-446-7162 or or

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