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Enjoy a ‘Night in Italy’ with Clarke

By Clarke News  |  February 1, 2022

On February 15, 2022 let the sounds and tastes of Italy sweep you away as the Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Series presents: “A Night In Italy.”  

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., attendees will enjoy Italian cuisine in the Clarke University Wahlert Atrium followed by musical performances ranging from “The Godfather Theme” to selections from “Don Giovanni,” and “La Boheme,” in Jansen Music Hall. Clarke’s own String Orchestra, led by Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Rob Stull, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., and then featured vocalists Jeremiah Cawley and Clarke Music alumni Megan Gloss ’03, Anna Petrie ’04, and James Enzler ’04 will be accompanied by Clarke Instructor of Music and Collaborative Pianist JeeHae Ahn. 

Soprano Megan Gloss’ artistic pursuits have spanned musical theatre and operatic roles including prominent roles in productions of “Romeo and Juliet”, “Oklahoma!”, and “Carousel.” In 2011, she made her European debut, performing throughout Italy in the operatic title roles of Norma, Anna Bolena and Semiramide, as well as Alice Ford in “Falstaff.” She has made guest appearances with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and served as the lead singer of the Upper Main Street Jazz Band. Finding a second home in Madison, Wisconsin, Gloss is also a company vocalist with Madison Opera and has performed with Fresco Opera and Four Seasons theaters.   

Mezzo Soprano Anna Petrie is at home on both the operatic and concert stages and has performed a variety of repertoire, including “Cosí fan tutte,” “Le nozze di Figaro,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” to name a few. Petrie has had the privilege of performing with companies such as the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, The Bronx Opera, Opera Breve, Opera Manhattan, Delaware Valley Opera, and Opera New Jersey.  She has also been featured alongside The Fond du Lac Symphonic Band and has performed in New York, Texas, and South Carolina, as well as fundraising concerts for The Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing.  

Tenor Jeremiah Cawley has led instrumental and vocal ensembles across the US and UK. He sings with the Grammy Award-nominated True Concord and founded the new music ensemble The Box is Empty.  He has worked with national and international ensembles, and now serves on the organizing committee for the Oxford Conducting Institute. Cawley is a sought-after choral clinician, adjudicator, and conducting teacher. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Washington and is now the director of choral-vocal activities at Loras College in Dubuque, having previously held posts at Western Kentucky and Georgia State Universities. 

Finally, James Enzler is a bass singer who performs regularly in the chorus of the Madison Opera, including renditions of “Rusalka,” “Abduction from the Seraglio,” and “Barber of Seville”. He is also a fixture of the musical theater community in Madison, with roles including Caiaphas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Larry in “Company.” Before moving from Dubuque, James had the pleasure to perform roles in “Carmen” and “La Bohème” with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous roles with the Grand Opera House, his favorite being Caiaphas in “Jesus Christ Superstar.”  

General admission tickets are $15 and the program is free for Clarke students and employees. Tickets can be reserved online or by phone at (563) 588-6412. Clarke University requires masks to be worn inside all campus buildings at this time, except when eating or drinking.