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Local favorites to perform in Long Lake

LONG LAKE - Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone George Cordes and pianist Elizabeth Cordes will present a concert at the United Methodist Church in Long Lake Thursday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Their performance, Preachers & Politicians! American Opera & Song, will present a program of American opera arias, sprinkled liberally (or conservatively, depending on your politics) with American song.

As a principal artist with New York City Opera for six seasons, George appeared in two Live from Lincoln Center telecasts - in Tosca in 2000 and in La Boheme in 2001. Other roles with City Opera include the Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Timur in Turandot, and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. As a Metropolitan Opera artist for four seasons, George appeared with the Met in the Parks in Rigoletto, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly.

Elizabeth spent seven years with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton as accompanist, coach and director of the education-outreach program. She also spent six seasons as accompanist for Ohio Light Opera, as well as three years as accompanist and coach for the opera/musical theater program at the University of Akron School of Music. For the past four years, she has been the choral-music teacher at Tupper Lake Middle/High School.

Together, they founded the High Peaks Opera Studio in Tupper Lake. It is both a performance and training company, with a variety of events and workshops planned, all with the aim of bringing opera, operetta, and art song to the High Peaks Region in a fun and accessible way. The upcoming concert will feature works by Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Carlisle Floyd, Ned Rorem, and Douglas Moore.

A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert. This concert is part of a series presented by the Long Lake Friends of Music and partially funded by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program.

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