On Sunday, May 5, Drew achieved a milestone: the very first opera production in our Concert Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community participants in the Choral & Vocal Studies program performed Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the tragic love story of the Queen of Carthage and the legendary founder of ancient Rome.
This production seems to me a reflection, on many levels, of the university. As a liberal arts institution, we intentionally look at our world through multiple lenses – in this case, music, theater, dance, art, literature and history – in service of a deeper way of learning and a richer interdisciplinary experience. As a community, we came together with shared purpose – each bringing their unique aspirations and promise – and unintentionally created a celebration of Drew itself. –D. Jason Bishop, Director, Choral and Vocal Studies