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Bon Voyage: The Season Finale

May 1 @ 7:30 pm

$25 – $35

Bon Voyage: The Season Finale

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Galen Darrough, Conductor

Rose Sawvel, vocalist

Dominic Aragon, vocalist


John Williams: Selections from Jaws (8’)

Horner: Titanic Suite (19’)


Mozart: Te Deum (11’)

Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem (35’)


1 hour 35 minutes, including intermission

Pre Concert Talk: Yes, at 6:30 PM in Hensel Phelps Hall

About the Concert:

The GPO sets its sails for summer time with a sea-themed season finale. 45-years after its release, the haunting minor second written for Jaws continues to send shivers down a listeners’ spine. Land-locked or not, selections from John Williams’ Jaws will make you happy you’re comfortable in a seat in Monfort Concert Hall and not on a boat. After evading a 25-foot Great White Shark, the GPO sets sail in its inaugural performance of James Horner’s Titanic Suite, highlighting your favorite musical selections from one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The season wraps by recognizing Dr. Galen Darrough’s 30 years of service to the arts and culture of our community as he conducts more than 160 singers through Mozart’s Te Deum. Though our season is coming to an end, and we tug at your heartstrings with Jaws and The Titanic, the GPO and UNC Combined Chorus will grant you peace through Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.

What’s Interesting About this Concert:

  • Jaws is 45 years old (released in 1975)
  • It’s the anniversary of James Horner’s death (2015)
  • We’ll recognize Galen Darrough’s 30 years of service to UNC and collaborations with the GPO
  • GPO Cellist Anne Brennand plays on the cello that belonged to her grandfather, who was originally supposed to perform on the Titanic before falling ill and passing the gig to Roger Bricoux

Rose Sawvel, vocalist

Soprano Rose Sawvel is internationally recognized for her artistry and captivating stage presence, bringing a glittering, silvery voice with outstanding agility and brilliance along with the skills of an adept actress to each of her performances. She has been seen and heard on opera, concert stages, and recital venues worldwide. Highlights from last season include performing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Dubuque Symphony and Juliet in a new production of Romeo and Juliet.

Other recent roles include Lucia, Marie, Serpetta, Baby Doe, Cunegonde, The Prince, La Fée, Lady with a Hand Mirror, Amore, Adina, Blondie, Despina, Elettra, Amy March, Dew Fairy, Sandman and Gretel, Mabel, Patience, Anne Page, Marenka, Contessa Almaviva, and Susanna.

Concert performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Mass in c minor and Requiem, Bernstein on Broadway, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and more.

An alumna of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Ms. Sawvel was finalist in the Eastern Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, semi-finalist in the Sullivan Foundation competition, semi-finalist in the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition, and twice Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Rocky Mountain Region. She is also the recipient of a Bel Canto Institute Performance Award and New York Opera Project Performance Award.

Dominic Aragon, vocalist

Dominic Aragon vocalist

Dominic Aragon is a native of Wichita, Kansas. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado while pursuing an Artist Diploma in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado – Boulder, studying under Dr. John Seesholtz. Mr. Aragon has performed concert works by Handel, Mozart, Bruckner, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Faure, and Claussen with various ensembles during his time in the Front Range and currently sings as a chorister with the Colorado Bach Ensemble and the Boulder Bach Ensemble. He has also enjoyed performing roles including Pa in Proving Up, Onegin in Eugene Onegin, Bernardo in West Side Story, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Escamillo in The Tragedy of Carmen, and Nardo in La Finta Giardinera. Mr. Aragon completed his undergraduate studies at Baldwin Wallace University and his graduate studies at Colorado State University.

Concert presented by Sallie Johnson

Listen to the pieces:


Read up on the pieces:

Jaws Wiki Page

Titanic Suite Wiki Page

Te Deum Wiki Page

Dona Nobis Pacem Wiki Page


May 1
7:30 pm
$25 – $35
Event Category:


Union Colony Civic Center
701 10th Street
Greeley, CO 80631 United States
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