The Spartanburg Methodist College Interdisciplinary Studies Committee announces An Evening of Classical and Musical Theater Works on Tuesday, October 25th at 7 p.m., in Gibbs Auditorium (in Ellis Hall). The featured musicians are Blake Anthony Ellege and Sarah Jane Gibbs. The performance is free and open to the public.
Ellege graduated from Brevard College with a Bachelor of Arts in music with an emphasis in classical vocal music performance. As a student, he won numerous awards including Most Outstanding Music Performer, the Asheville Lyric Opera Guild Scholarship and a nomination from The Kennedy Center for Best Sound Design in a Collegiate Theater Production in 2013. In June 2014, Ellege competed at the NATS (National Association of Teachers in Singing) Competition where he was ranked one of the top four lyrical tenors in the United States for classical voice and one of the top 14 tenors in the United States for musical theater. Ellege has recorded and released seven albums in 2016.
Gibbs received her Bachelor of Arts in music performance from Converse College, where she was featured in operatic and musical theater productions, including Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Vivviane in Legally Blonde the Musical, Canta Nuova in Impressario as well as the opportunity to be a part of many recitals and other performances. She currently resides in Asheville, NC, and performs with companies such as Asheville Lyric Opera, Asheville Arts Academy and Asheville Community Theater.
The Evening of Classical and Musical Theater Works is part of SMC’s new Interdisciplinary Series, which features performances, speakers and art experiences that enhance the liberal arts mission of the college. More information about the Interdisciplinary Series may be found at www.smcsc.edu/interdis.