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Enjoy an evening of beautiful music and help further the educational opportunities of students at Gila Community College.

The Gila Foundation for Higher Education is sponsoring "The Second Annual Familiar Folk, Opera & Broadway" at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the college.

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The Gila Foundation for Higher Education is sponsoring "The Second Annual Familiar Folk, Opera & Broadway" at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Gila Community College.

The featured artists for the evening are Amy Beth Chisholm, Nathan Krueger and Tracy Perry.

Their repertoire includes selections of operatic works from Mozart to Verdi and Broadway pieces from the Gershwins to Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus favorite folk songs.

Soprano Amy Beth Chisholm holds vocal performance degrees from the University of Montana and the University of Arizona and has appeared in numerous opera, musical theatre, and summer stock productions.

As part of her master of music program at UA, Chisholm portrayed Lisette in Puccini's "La Rondine" and presented solos with the Arizona Choir. She currently teaches at Pima Community College and the PRIME School of Music and is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus and The Tucson Chamber Artists.

Baritone Nathan Krueger is a native of Wisconsin and a doctoral candidate in voice performance at the University of Arizona. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master of music from the University of New Mexico.

Krueger has performed in venues all over the world, including the Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Chamber Opera, Opera Carolina, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, The International Opera Academy in Rome and Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, N.M.

Accompanying Chisholm and Krueger on the piano for the evening's performance will be Tracy Perry.

Perry enjoys a wide variety of performance and teaching opportunities. She has appeared not only as a soloist, but as a chamber musician and collaborative artist as well.

Perry is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Arizona where she is a graduate assistant at the School of Music and Dance. Perry is also the accompanist for the university's opera theatre program.

The proceeds from the event will fund student scholarships to attend Gila Community College in Payson.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended, the cost is $35 per person. Call (928) 474-7645 or (928) 472-2588 for more information.

The Gila Foundation for Higher Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was incorporated in March 2003 and since then has awarded approximately $10,000 in scholarships to students at GCC.

"Our mission is to educate the community about the college and develop relationships; help pursue quality education and opportunities for the students; and support the college's goals for the future," said Patrick Willis, a member of the board of the foundation.

It awards scholarships to the students and helps meet the college's capital needs. The audience at the April 2 concert will enjoy one of the foundation's capital improvements at the college.

"Last year we brought in a sound engineer," Willis said. "Sound used to just bounce off the walls in the room (301)." The foundation paid for modifications to make the room a better venue for concerts and meetings.

The foundation has no staff, so all the funds it raises go to the students and the college.

Contributions can be made to the foundation at any time, Willis said. Checks should be made out to the Gila Foundation for Higher Education and mailed in care of Treasurer Larry Jones, P.O. Box 359, Payson.

In addition to Willis and Jones, the foundation's board includes Chris Wolf, president; Bill Lawson, vice president; Judy Baker, secretary; Mike Amon; Barbara Brewer; Judy Buettner; Jerry Miles; Sue Myers; Jan Parsons; Sally Randall; and, in an ex officio capacity, GCC President Barbara Ganz.

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