School of Music Graduate Student Premieres First Opera


Contributed by Molly O'Shea Polk

On Sunday, September 23, Ithaca College graduate student Patrick Valentino will conduct the world premiere of his first opera, Monuments Men. The opera, composed last year, centers on the true story of a small group of Allied soldiers sent to protect the artwork of Europe from the destruction of World War II. 

The themes of the importance of art to civilization, and the individual's internal struggles with conflicting loyalties, are explored in this true tale of heroism.

The premiere features a cast and orchestra comprised entirely of IC students and conducted by Patrick Valentino.

Presser Hall, Whalen Center for Music 
Sunday 23rd of September at 3pm

Admission if free and open to the public.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the School of Music at 607-274-3717.