Nashville Opera announced Thursday that it received a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo for its Nashville Opera On Tour education outreach program. The company produces a traveling opera performance which is seen by more than 25,000 students across 17 counties in Middle Tennessee each year.
This season, Nashville Opera On Tour will perform Little Red’s Most Unusual Day which was adapted by John Davies from the music Rossini and Offenbach, and features the voice talents of the 2013 Mary Ragland Young Artist Program members. The fully-staged 40-minute children’s opera will be performed in nearly 70 different elementary schools and public venues during February and March of 2013.
Numerous educational studies have determine that students who are exposed to the performing arts and music as part of their school’s curriculum score far higher on standardized tests, including math and science, when compared to their peers. The grant from Wells Fargo will help underwrite the production costs for more than ten performances during the seven week tour.
“We are so pleased to support this arts organization that does so much to educate our young people and enrich our culture,” said Danielle Bouharoun, Wells Fargo senior private banker.
“Nashville Opera is grateful for the community leadership and forethought displayed by Wells Fargo & Company,” says John Hoomes, General and Artistic Director. “When companies invest in local performing arts programs such as Nashville Opera On Tour, the entire region benefits through better student achievement, increased recruitment of new businesses pursuing well-trained local workers, and the relocation of individuals seeking the highest performing schools for their children.”
*Image of (L-R) John Hoomes of Nashville Opera and Danielle Lares-Bouharoun, Sam Boroughs and Aaron Breeden of Wells Fargo courtesy Nashville Opera.