Northwest NEWS

February 21, 2000


Awilda Verdejo

Awilda Verdejo in concert

   The Duvall Arts Commission and the Duvall Foundation for the Arts will present world-class opera singer Awilda Verdejo in concert, performing an evening of Black Spiritual music on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in a program called "In the Footsteps of Marian Anderson."

   Like Marian Anderson, the first woman of her race to sing a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera, Awilda has toured all over the world. She performed the title role in Puccini's Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, and she mastered her signature role, Aida, in Rome, Verona, Munich, Hamburg, Mexico City, Brazil, and in Cairo, Egypt. Born in Puerto Rico and trained at the Julliard School, Verdejo has performed with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Sir John Pritchard, Guiseppe Patane, and Micheal Tilson Thomas.

   Verdejo's appearance is part of the King County Performance Network for touring artists, a program that brings quality music, dance, and theater to rural and suburban areas of King County. More information on Performance Network shows is available online at

   The next performance in the Arts Onstage series will be Olympic Ballet's "Peter & the Wolf" on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. Tickets for this show are on sale now.

   The Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center is located at 29000 NE 150th Street in Duvall. Tickets may be purchased at Pumps & Grinds, Gardens & Sunspaces, or Main Street Music in the Main Street shopping district of Duvall. They may also be purchased by mail order by sending your order along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: DFA; P.O. Box 1043; Duvall, WA 98019.

   Ticket prices are $8 adults, $5 students and seniors. Children under five are free, but a ticket is required. For more information, call Jan at 425-844-8516, or visit