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In a bright and spacious rehearsal room in the James J. Whalen Center for Music, a conductor raises his thin baton above the orchestra before him. The musicians focus, and at the drop of the baton, the music takes off through Copland’s famous “Rodeo.” 


In 2010, Kate Aldrich ’96 performed the title role in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Hailed by the San Francisco Sentinel as “the Carmen of this generation,” Aldrich, a performance major at IC, is slated to reprise her role as the beautiful gypsy in Bizet’s opera this spring at Deutsche Oper Berlin, this fall at the San Francisco Opera, and next winter at Opernhaus Zurich. 


At the Veterans Day celebration, the Ithaca Brass Choir performed the world premiere of “The Letter,” by School of Music student Andrew Thomson ’12, a composition and instrumental performance double major.


Ever dream of taking the stage at the Met? Love listening to recordings of Pavarotti or Maria Callas? Can’t get enough of La Boheme or Madame Butterfly? Then you’ll be interested in Opera Workshop, a two-credit course offered by the School of Music that introduces students to the field of opera in today’s society -- and to the hard work it takes to meet the standards for entering the professional opera business.


Ithaca College played host to this years 16th annual New Directions Cello Festival, a weekend filled with fantastic workshops and performances featuring cellists from around the world.


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