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Rolando Salazar accompanist for West Texas A&M University Opera Workshop in Beeville on Sunday
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Rolando Salazar
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The West Texas A&M University Opera Workshop will present scenes from well-known operas for the Beeville Concert Association’s next performance on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Coastal Bend College Gertrude R. Jones Performing Arts Auditorium.

The program will feature a montage of opera scenes by a variety of composers. Act I opens with a scene from Rossini’s La Cenerentola, followed by Agustín Lara’s “Granada.” It includes three scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen and “Sexy Lady” by Ben Moore.

The Beeville performance is one of three stops on the WTAMU group’s tour. They will also perform at Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M International University in Laredo. Beeville was selected as one stop because it is the hometown of their accompanist, Rolando Salazar.

A music graduate of Coastal Bend College and of WTAMU, Salazar is a highly sought after pianist and conductor in the Amarillo area. He currently serves as director of music at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo.

As a singer, he has performed with Chamber Music Amarillo, WT Chorale and Chamber Singers, WT Opera and Shepherd’s Trio. As a pianist he has been featured with Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Youth Choirs, WT Opera, numerous honor choirs, master classes, and faculty and student recitals at WTAMU.

Salazar also has served as the music director/conductor of “TEXAS” in the Palo Duro Canyon since the original show returned in the summer of 2006. While conducting “TEXAS” this past summer, he also served as assistant conductor of the Bellingham Festival of Music in Bellingham, Wash., where he worked and studied with Maestro Michael Palmer.

Recently, Salazar was a finalist for the Orchestral Conducting Program at the Juilliard School of Music.

All students through high school age and CBC students with their photo ID’s will be admitted free. Other adults will pay $7 at the door if they do not hold BCA season membership tickets.
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