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Artist in Residence Alice Lestang to Lecture, Sing at March Events

Soprano Will Speak March 18, Perform March 25

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Alice Lestang, the Paris Conservatory-trained soprano serving as Florida Institute of Technology’s Artist in Residence this spring, will be featured in two March events that center on the rich topic of opera.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at Evans Library, Lestang will offer, “Discovering Opera,” a lecture that serves as an introduction to the art form of opera and will touch on its traditions, forms and styles. There will be musical examples.

The lecture, sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication Music Program and Evans Library After Hours, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A more purely musical example of opera can be heard on Friday, March 25, when Lestang will perform the second of her three residency concerts on campus starting at 7 p.m. at Gleason Performing Arts Center.

The free, public concert features special guest Romain Louveau on piano. Lestang and Louveau will perform works by Hector Berlioz and Richard Strauss. They will later record an album of this repertoire at the Atlantic Music Center in Melbourne.

Lestang completed her master’s degree in 2015 at the prestigious Paris Conservatory. She began her vocal studies with Nobuko Takahashi in the northern French city of Lille, and then continued with Dina Grossberger at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels prior to entering the conservatory in 2010.

She is Florida Tech’s third Artist in Residence from Paris, following pianist Paul Anquez last year and percussionist Rémi Durupt in 2014.

For more information on the lecture or the concert, please visit http://fit.edu/music or call the Music Program at 321-674-8082 or Evans Library at 321-674-8086.

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