More than 100 singers from across the community make up the Civic Chorale that will present Leoncavallo’s "I Pagliacci" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Illinois State University's Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

NORMAL —  The Illinois State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Leoncavallo’s "I Pagliacci" on Saturday at the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

The production,  sung in Italian with English supertitles and performed by the Civic Chorale in collaboration with Midwest Institute of Opera Festival Orchestra, will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from the College of Fine Arts Box Office at the performing arts center  which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by calling 309-438-2535, or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Free parking is available in the School Street parking deck, 400 W. Beaufort St.

The saga of a jilted lover and a jealous husband, "I Pagliacci" tells the tale of Canio, the leader of a traveling troupe. Canio is a clown who must laugh, and make others laugh, while masking his grief after learning that his wife, Nedda, has betrayed him with another man. In the end, art meets tragedy in a rage of passion and jealousy.

Joining the Civic Chorale is Metropolitan Opera tenor Allan Glassman, as the character Canio.  Additional cast members include: Stephen Hobe, baritone, as Tonio; Macauley Allen, tenor, as Peppe; Katherine Weber, soprano, as Nedda; and Anthony Gullo, baritone, as Silvio.

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Glassman also will present a master class at 7 p.m. Friday at the concert hall.  It is free and open to the public.

The ISU Civic Chorale is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded in 1968, the group has a membership of more than 100 performers who are ISU students, music majors and non-majors, faculty and staff, alumni and commu­nity members.

The Midwest Institute of Opera has been in residence at ISU since July 2011. The company was started as an effort to provide professional opportunities for emerging opera artists, pianists and conductors to perform in a full opera production.

Both events are sponsored in part by the Civic Chorale Excellence Fund that  supports the operations of the group by funding the purchase of music and covering other costs. 

For a schedule of upcoming School of Music concerts and events, visit the College of Fine Arts events calendar and follow the Illinois State University Civic Chorale on Facebook.

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