MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University alumna Valerie Errante, a soprano soloist, will be the special guest of a gala concert to officially dedicate the Reynolds Recital Hall Tuesday, April 19. The brief dedication ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. with the concert immediately following. The public is invited to attend this free event.
The recital hall, which opened in February, was part of the Hedgcock and east campus renovation. It has been named in honor of the Phyllis Reynolds family of Marquette, long-time supporters of NMU. Reynolds was one of the top contributors during This Decisive Season: The Campaign for Northern Michigan University, NMU’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising effort from 1996-2003 that realized $36.6 million in private giving to the university.
Errante will be joined by pianist Jeffry Peterson. Errante received her master’s degree in music from NMU in 1980. She is currently an associate professor of voice at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Peterson founded the UW-Milwaukee Vocal Arts Series where he is an associate professor of music. Both have performed throughout the United States and Europe.
The concert will also include performances by the University Choir, NMU Jazz Band, University Orchestra and NMU Symphonic Band.