November 22, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holidays with Puccini's La Boheme in concert on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required and seating is reserved.

La Boheme, which had its premiere in 1896, is Puccini’s beloved romantic masterpiece and features soaring, sumptuous melodies, stories of starving artists and intense drama. It was the inspiration for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Rent.

Amherst’s cast features guest singers from some of the country’s top opera companies including Mark Panuccio (Rodolfo), Jennifer Black (Mimi), Mark Womack (Marcello), Caroline Worra (Musetta), Alexander Garland (Schaunard), Matthew Burns (Colline) and David Ward (Benoit; Alincodoro). The chorus is prepared and directed by James Austin Laff, and the Hampshire Young Peoples’ Chorus, directed by K.C. Conlan, makes a special guest appearance. Musical direction is by Amherst Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Mark Lane Swanson, and the performance is supervised and directed by A. Scott Parry (New York City Opera).

Tickets may be reserved beginning Nov. 29 by calling 413/542-2195 or emailing Ticket prices for La Boheme are $10 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets are free to Five College Students with ID.