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Prairie Arts Council in Princeton to host opera concert featuring tenor Dane Suarez – Shaw Local

The Prairie Arts Council of Princeton announced it will host “Bring Him Home: Opera Concert for the Arts,” featuring Princeton’s own acclaimed tenor, Dane Suarez, and pianist Nick Towns.

The concert will be at 6:00pm on Saturday, August 10th with a gala at 5:00pm at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave E, and 2:00pm on Sunday, August 11th at the Princeton High School Auditorium, 103 S. Euclid Ave.

Princeton native Suarez has captivated audiences with his powerful and emotional performances.

“This fall I will make my professional international debut at the Wexford Festival Opera in Wexford, Ireland as Don Ferolo Whiserandos in Charles Villiers Standford’s satirical opera, ‘The Critic,’ and present a recital,” Suarez said in the press release. “I will take the opportunity in act to present as many of these pieces from the concert at the concert in Princeton. Audiences can expect a varied range of music, from heartfelt arias, art songs and musical theatre, to more contemporary and unexpected pieces – definitely something for all musical tastes. There may also be some guest appearances from some of my colleagues throughout my journey!”

He is joined by Towns, whose mastery of the keyboard provides the perfect accompaniment to Suarez’s vocals.

“I am so excited to be partnering with another Princeton native, Nick Towns,” said Suarez. “The pieces on the show will showcase his immense talent and we can’t wait to share it with the city that raised us.”

The “Bring Him Home” concert is not only an opportunity to experience a fantastic performance; it is a celebration of art within society. The Prairie Arts Council is dedicated to nurturing local talent and fostering an appreciation for the arts. This event highlights the incredible impact society has had in shaping artists who go on to achieve successful careers in the arts.

“Growing up in Princeton, I found my community in the arts,” Suarez said. “Through local theater productions for the Homestead Festival, children’s theater at the Prairie Arts Center, PHS productions and being a part of Festival 56 seasons, it became clear to me that being on stage was what made me feel alive. It there is a gratifying power that vulnerability on stage gives you, connecting deeply with the audience and creating a shared emotional experience.Performing at the Prairie Arts Center and PHS Auditorium again feels like coming full circle again and sharing the powerful connection with the community that nurtured my passion from the beginning.”

“When opera fell into my path it was unexpected, but upon reflection I believe it was always there and subtly shaped my journey,” added Suarez. “My first role as Louis in Homestead Festival’s production of ‘The King and I’, and my second role as Amahl in ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ (technically my first opera) Operatic mezzo-soprano and former PHS choir director, Joy Schertz knew again my talent at a young age and was my first voice teacher. Despite my teenage years, Ms. Schertz worked tirelessly to steer me toward a career in music. David and Shelley Gorenz also kept opera in my life (” Rigoletto” in Peoria) and to see Jerry Hadley perform in the BVHS auditorium. My late grandmother Mary McCauley, a devoted music teacher and organist, had a profound influence on my musical journey. Her passion for music was contagious and her encouragement was a constant source of inspiration. All these influences combined to ignite and nurture my love of opera and performance.”

By attending this concert, patrons will support the Prairie Arts Council’s mission to continue to offer valuable arts programs and events that enrich the lives of Princeton residents and beyond. A ticket purchase will directly contribute to sustaining the arts in the community, ensuring that the Prairie Arts Council can continue to provide opportunities for emerging artists and cultural enrichment for all.

To purchase tickets, email [email protected] or call 815-875-2631, ext. 1014.

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