Bel Canto singers to perform at OCFAC

A trio of opera singers will be perform in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center.
The singers – Ashley Bahri, Wendy Buzby and Garrison Carpenter – are awards recipients from the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy. The institute was founded to perpetuate, teach and keep alive the style and tradition of 19th- and 20th-century Italian opera. These goals are achieved through summer programs where singers, instrumentalists and coaches are immersed in the study of style and tradition through performance classes, private coaching, Italian language classes, lectures and performances.

Bahri is a graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music. She is known for multicultural events, recitals and collaborative performances in her Chaldean community, helping to spread music and the arts on T.V. Orient Productions, which is broadcast throughout the Middle East.

While still a graduate student, Buzby made professional debuts with Opera Colorado, Opera Fairbanks and Ash Lawn Opera Festival. A native of Alaska, she received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University and master’s from the University of Colorado.

Baritone Garrison Carpenter is a senior vocal performance major at Furman University, where he studies with Gail Schoonmaker. His recent roles include the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Don Alfonso in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” and Bob in Menotti’s “Old Maid and the Thief.”

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for Arts Center members. A reception will follow the concert at the Arts Center.