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Opera Comes to Lake County

On May 19th, an interactive opera concert will be presented in the Wil­liam Kelley High School auditorium. The featured artists will be Heather Hjelle, soprano; Janese Pentico, so­prano; Thomas McNichols, tenor; and Hong Liang Andre Ng, pianist. Prior to the concert, the artists will have a three-day residency with William Kel­ley students.

The concert is titled “The Every Person’s Guide to Opera” and is spon­sored by the Northern Lake County Arts Board. As an interactive concert, artists will share information about the scenes performed and key elements to watch for. The audience is encouraged to ask questions about the pieces being performed, as well as inquiring about the role of opera in Western classical tradition and the “human drama at the core of opera.” The Every Person’s Guide to Opera is intended to be both entertaining and educational.

Heather Hjelle is the Executive Di­rector of the Every Person’s Guide to Opera. She has sung with the Ameri­can Wagner Project and has performed internationally with Operafestival di Roma. Currently, Hjelle teaches vocal lessons at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.

Janese Pentico is a former William Kelley student. She has taught mu­sic education and performed with

the Midwest Institute of Opera, the Operafestival di Roma, the New York Lyric Opera Theatre, and more. The Every Person’s Guide to Opera will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19th. Tickets are $15 for adults and available at the door. Students and children are encouraged to attend free of charge. The performance will conclude a 23 year his-tory of the Northern Lake County Arts Board “bringing arts enrichment to William Kelley School and northern Lake County communities.”

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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