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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:45 am

Saturday night I had a dilemma.

I was supposed to go either to the MOSC Pops concert or to the Globe to see the final performance of their production of “The Magic Flute.”

I flipped a coin. The Globe won.

“The Magic Flute” was Mozart’s last opera, written in 1791, the year of his death. It is said that upon his death bed he would stop and think where the performance should be at that particular time as he was particularly proud of this work and thinking about it until the end. The director and conductor of the performance was David Corman, director of the Odessa College Choir, who also had made substantial cuts in the original as well as changing the setting.

Mozart would have been a little confused, as was I.

Having said this, I must say that it was a vehicle that allowed the Odessa College music students to sing some beautiful Mozart music in an operatic setting. For some reason it started with a passage from Richard Wagner, but immediately Mozart took over.

Outstanding in the performance were Jeb Harris as Tamino, Rachel Holder as Pamina and Breanna Sotelo as the Queen of the Night.

Naturally, the plum role of Papageno demands good vocal technique along with a sense of comedic pacing. Chris Brokaw provided both with admirable aplomb!

The three witches — Shaquolle Johnson, Whitney Ridley and Micaela Grenier — sang well together.

Combining the role of Monostatos into a three-legged role by the brothers Texas and Art King was humorously entertaining.

The three spirits — Summer Calderon, Karen Lopez and Veronica Erwin — also were well-matched visually and vocally.

Jino Jordan as Sarastro showed vocal potential.

Kayla Hambrick as Papagena sang well.

The accompaniment was masterfully provided by Gayle Bizzell on the new college Steinway. The all important role of the flute was provided by Merry Worley. Percussion was by Alec Williams

Added to the score and providing the opportunity of learning and singing some important Mozart music, the Chorale sang the Dies Irae and Lacrymosa movements from the Mozart Requiem at strategic moments in the production. As a curtain raiser to the second act they beautifully sang the Mozart Ave Verum. (Note to choir: This is to be sung at my funeral, though not any time soon!)

The assistant director and technical director was Mark Kolokoff. The imaginative costumes were by Erica Palay. The outstanding makeup was by Kimberly Corman. The vocal preparation was by Kimberly Corman and Melissa Orta.

The students have gained a valuable experience!

Odessa, TX

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