Rolla natives to perform benefit concert for Leach Theatre

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On March 3, 2010

Two accomplished classical musicians will return to their hometown of Rolla to perform a concert to benefit Leach Theatre, located on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Baritone Rob Barefield and pianist Gail Andrews-Hintz will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla. Concert proceeds will help subsidize the 2010-2011 Campus Performing Arts Series at Missouri S&T.

Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $5 at the Leach Theatre Box Office, or by phone at 573-341-4219. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Barefield earned his doctor of musical arts degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a Corbett Opera Scholar. He is currently a member of the music faculty at Arizona State University, where he is coordinator of the voice area.

He has performed as soloist throughout the United States and Europe, including the New Orleans Opera, the Mississippi Symphony, the Ohio Light Opera and Operafestival di Roma in Italy.

Barefield’s roles have included Don Giovanni, Danilo in “The Merry Widow” and Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

Andrews-Hintz earned a piano performance degree at Webster College in 1981, followed by a year of piano study at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. In 1984, she earned a master of music degree in vocal accompanying and coaching from the University of Illinois.

In 1987, Andrews-Hintz co-founded the Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, and helped run the company for the first few years of its existence.

In 1989, she joined the accompanying staff of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts, and later Washington University. Since 1997, she has served as rehearsal pianist for the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus at Powell Hall. She coordinates the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Artists-in-Training program, which has encouraged and trained talented high school singers in the St. Louis area since 1990.

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