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May 23

Wine 5-8 PM              

6-7 PM:  Matthew Newall and Friends: Sangeetha Ekambaram, Celeste, Jeremy Howe, Ellery

Members: Free | Non-Members: $5

Matthew Newell is a native of Crestview, Florida, and has recently moved to Huntsville with his wife, after living in Stuttgart, Germany for the past 3 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Stetson University in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2013. Matthew was an elementary school music teacher for three years in Pensacola, Florida. He has served as Music Director and Music Chairman for the Athens Ward, Madison Stake, and Stuttgart Germany International Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He has performed with the Pensacola Opera Company, Opera Huntsville, the Huntsville Community Chorus Association, the Huntsville Christmas Festival Choir, and the Huntsville Patriotic Choir featuring the Army Materiel Command Band.

Soprano Sangeetha Ekambaram’s interdisciplinary and multicultural background has offered her a unique career path, both varied and pioneering. Her experience in the world of opera most recently includes the role of Chrysothemis in “A Look at Elektra” (sponsored by the New York Chamber Music Festival), Puccini the “Evolution of Ingenue” with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief) with Opera Huntsville, and in the opening gala concert at the Amadeo Bassi Festival. Other roles include Mimì (La Bohème) (Festival di Ostra), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), 1st French Woman in the world premiere of Eleanor and the 1st Calaveras in Frida (The Society for New Music). About Pamina, the CVNC Arts Journal wrote: “Soprano Sangeetha Ekambaram lacked nothing in vocal power or beauty of line in the role of Pamina. Her voice was beautifully supported across its range and she conveyed the emotional range superbly.”

Enjoy $5 admission on Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Explore the Museum’s latest exhibitions or visit favorites from the Museum collection during this after-hours event. Wine service has returned. Guests aged 21+ will be able to purchase a glass of wine from the Church Street Wine Shoppe for $7


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