- Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive, Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
**5:00pm Baustian Theatre** (Located on the 1st floor of Murphy Hall) Please join us in a delightful evening of song and arias performed by one of the most promising young soprano voices in the midwest. Miss Benes will be performing an assortment of music including; Strauss, Gordon, Verdi, Wolf, Massenet and Puccini. She will be accompanied by Ellen Bottorff. -Her recent roles include Mimi in La Boheme, Erste Damen in Die Zauberflote, Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, Deep Blue in Deep Blue and The Dew Fairy and the Sandman in Hansel und Gretel. While earning her Master’s degree in Voice at the Eastman School of Music, she was seen as Claire Holmes in Eastman Opera Theater’s production of Secret Garden and as Zerlina in the 2010 Eastman Opera Gala. As a undergraduate at the University of Kansas, Ashley was seen in productions of La Traviata, Dido and Aeneas, The Tales of Hoffmann, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Cosi fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro. Ashley spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 with Light Opera Oklahoma, appearing in productions of Pirates of Penzance, Candide, Into the Woods, Trial by Jury, Sweeney Todd, The Music Man, and Naughty Marietta. —