School of Music Hosts Guest Conductor Per Brevig

The University of Redlands School of Music will host internationally acclaimed conductor Per Brevig for Gaetano Donizetti’s opera "The Elixir of Love,"a joint production with Crafton Hills College.

Performances are set for March 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m. The opera will be held at the Crafton Hills College Finkelstein Performing Arts Center, located at 11711 Sand Canyon Rd. in Yucaipa. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available from the University of Redlands Campus Events at 909-748-8881.

The production will feature musicians, faculty and the costume designer from Redlands, while students and faculty from Crafton Hills College will handle the lighting and sets.

The "Elixir of Love"is a romantic comedy placed in a modern setting. It focuses on a love-sick nerd who looks to a zany doctor with questionable methods to help fix his love life.

This is the second year the two schools have come together to perform an opera. The idea for the collaboration came after discussions about the fact that Crafton had an ideal facility to stage an opera.

"We have an excellent opera program but lack an appropriate performance space to produce a grand opera,"explained Andrew Glendening, dean of the School of Music at Redlands. "The Finkelstein Performing Arts Center at Crafton has a good combination of size and flexibility to accommodate the production.”

Brevig, the guest conductor, is the Ronald and Cheryl Lossett Endowed Visiting Professor at Redlands.

The conductor brings extensive experience to the podium. The Norwegian born Brevig received his music training at The Juilliard School and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree. He was principal trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1968 to 1994 and has performed as soloist with major orchestras throughout the world.

After leaving the Metropolitan Opera, Brevig's conducting career expanded quickly. From 1994 to 1999, he conducted more than 20 operas.

In addition to his positions as music director and conductor of East Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, he is continuing his teaching affiliations with the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, as well as the music schools of Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes in New York. His conducting repertoire runs the gamut from Renaissance to contemporary music. A staunch advocate of contemporary music, he has commissioned and performed numerous new works.

Brevig also is a member of the National Society of Literature and the Arts. He has received numerous awards and prizes, including a Koussevitsky Fellowship, Henry B. Cabot Award, three Naumburg Fellowships, the international music competition in Pragm and the Neill Humfeld Award for excellence in teaching.

In 1990, King Olav V of Norway decorated him with the Royal Medal of St. Olav in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Norwegian music and culture in the United States. An advocate of Scandinavian music, Brevig founded the Edvard Grieg Society in 1991.

The Ronald and Cheryl Lossett Endowed Visiting Professorship was established in 2005 with a donation by Ronald and Cheryl Lossett, parents of university students. The endowment serves to bring individuals to the university as visiting professors. The goal of this endeavor is to provide students with exposure to new talent.

Call the University of Redlands School of Music at 909-748-8700 for more information.

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