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Keith Lockhart coming to Town Hall Theater

MIDDLEBURY - World-famous conductor Keith Lockhart comes to Middlebury on Jan. 7 to talk about opera, Puccini, and Puccini's little-known work, "La Fanciulla del West."

The popular conductor of the Boston Pops will intersperse his comments with excerpts from the opera and will take questions from the audience. After the talk there's a chance to meet the conductor at a special reception in the theater's Jackson Gallery.

The event will benefit the Foundation for Alcoholism Research (FAR). It is timed to coincide with the Metropolitan Opera "Live in HD" broadcast of "La Fanciulla del West" the next day, Jan. 8, at Town Hall Theater. An encore presentation will be shown on Jan. 9.

"I am delighted to be coming to Middlebury's Town Hall Theater to speak about 'La Fanciulla del West' to support a very worthy cause," Lockhart said. "The Met 'Live in HD' is a marvelously innovative program, and with this talk we will delve into the opera and Puccini's music in a way that I hope will heighten viewers' experience with the production on the 100th anniversary of the opera's premiere."

"We are thrilled to have Mr. Lockhart travel to Middlebury for this exclusive appearance," said Peg Calder, president of the Foundation for Alcoholism Research.

The proceeds will benefit research into alcoholism - a devastating disease resulting in broken families, lost jobs, and multiple treatments and relapses. Enhanced understanding of this disease will lead to improved treatment methods for the many dedicated medical and counseling professionals in Vermont and elsewhere.

Tickets for the Jan. 7 presentation only are $35; tickets for the presentation and reception are $125 ($75 tax deductible). The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.townhalltheater.org., by phone at (802) 382-9222, or at the THT Box Office. Call FAR at (802) 758-2243 for more information.

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