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‘For a Blessed Christmas’ Set For Dec. 6-7, 2014

By Clarke News  |  November 20, 2014

The Clarke University Arts at Clarke Series and the Clarke Music Department will present “For a Blessed Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7. The Saturday performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday performance will begin at 2 p.m.  Staged in the beauty of Clarke’s Sacred Heart Chapel, “For a Blessed Christmas” is a favorite holiday tradition in Dubuque. It is a moving portrayal of the Christmas story through an exciting mix of narration and musical performances. This year’s edition will feature Katelyn Mattson-Levy, soprano from Kansas City. Mattson-Levy took first place in the National Opera Association Competition, was a finalist in The International Contemporary Opera Competition as well as the Liederkranz Competition, and has twice been an award winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions held at the District level. An accomplished operatic performer as well as recitalist, her collaborations include Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Kansas, The Chicago Chamber Orchestra, The Aspen Chamber Ensemble, The Southern Illinois Symphony and the Bellingham Festival Orchestra.  She received her master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and completed her vocal training in the Cincinnati Conservatory’s prestigious Artist Diploma program. Katelyn lives on a ranch in Kansas with her husband and three children. Also performing will be the Clarke Collegiate Singers, Cantabile, Schola and Wind Ensemble. All tickets are $10 for general admission. Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs.  Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.