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Newton Opera Guild wraps busy year, gears up for next season

An artist's rendition of "The Tenderland" setting.
An artist's rendition of "The Tenderland" setting.

What a year for the Newton Opera Guild. A year of beautiful music, fun and fellowship.

Of course the highlight was “The Tenderland” opera by Aron Copeland, performed on Newton’s Maytag Dairy Farm, a come-to-life setting of a typical Iowa farm, made glorious by the backdrop of lush tress grass, cornfields as far as one can see a silo in the distance and a beautiful setting sun.

Prior to the two performances, the Newton Guild had the privilege of serving an all-American meal, complete with apple pie a la mode to the cast members. In a humorous role reversal, the guild members sang the “Iowa Corn Song” for the performers.

Another highlight was the yearly Arias program presented but the DMMO traveling group who sing arias from familiar operas and Broadway plays. The guild holds a reception for the performers and attendees. This program is the one and only fundraiser.

Most recently, the Newton Guild board members hosted an appreciation luncheon for the other three guilds — Des Moines, Ames and Indianola — and the DMMO staff. The group was treated to an all homemade meal complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres, entree and dessert. One of the board members arranged and decorated the tables with fresh flowers from his garden.

And now, the Newton Guild will be kicking off the new season with a pot luck at 5 p.m. Sunday at Park Centre. In addition, a DMMO staff member will preview the upcoming operas and provide musical entertainment. Al current members, those interested in opera contemplating membership and guests are welcome. You may bring a dish to share if you wish. Attendees may choose to pay your membership fee of $25 at this meeting.

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