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St. Charles native Evan Bravos to perform classical songs in 'Lucy Gayheart' at Norris Cultural Arts Center

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  • St. Charles native Evan Bravos appears Jan. 14 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in an adaptation of Willa Cather's "Lucy Gayheart," performing songs by Schubert and Mendelssohn.

    St. Charles native Evan Bravos appears Jan. 14 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in an adaptation of Willa Cather's "Lucy Gayheart," performing songs by Schubert and Mendelssohn.
    Courtesy of Norris Cultural Arts Center

 
Submitted by Mark Smith

Baritone Evan Bravos, a rising star in professional opera and a St. Charles native, will perform songs of Mendelssohn and Schubert as he stars in "The Fine Things of Youth: Lucy Gayheart in Words and Music" on Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road in St. Charles.

The production distills Willa Cather's early 20th-century story of Lucy Gayheart, a young Nebraska girl who arrives in Chicago to pursue musical studies and finds both opportunity and romance as rehearsal accompanist for a charismatic singer, Clement Sebastian. The story is told by a narrator, portrayed by actress Jill Anderson. Bravos appears in the role of Sebastian, with piano accompaniment provided by Shannon McGinnis.

The performance will be presented at 3 p.m. in The Norris gallery, an intimate space in which each audience member is within 30 feet of the performers. For tickets, call (630) 584-7200 or visit www.NorrisCulturalArts.com for a link to online ticketing. The performance is appropriate for all ages. Free refreshments will be served, and guests may enjoy viewing The Norris gallery's winter exhibit, "Connections."

Bravos earned a master of music degree in vocal performance at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. He is a 2006 graduate of St. Charles North High School. Anderson is a Nebraska-based actor, singer, director and producer whose 24-year career has taken her across the U.S. McGinnis is a collaborative pianist who has performed with many of the world's top classical singers.

New York-based director Tom Gallagher created and directs this adaptation of the popular Willa Cather novel, "Lucy Gayheart."

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