Nashville, Music City USA and OVI Focus Meeting, Part 4

by RJSweeney on December 2, 2009

OVI Nashville presentation on educationSunday morning was getaway day, but I took time to visit the downtown Presbyterian church, done in an Egyptian Revival style of architecture by the architect William Strickland, who also designed the state capitol.

Thanks to co-chairs Felicia Gates and Shelley Page for a wonderful, wonderful OVI focus meeting and membership gathering, containing all the aspects of a perfect mini-conference:

  • lots of time for sightseeing and social activities
  • meeting members of the local opera guild
  • seeing a wonderful new opera
  • visiting with the local opera company staff
  • and hearing from excellent speakers on topics of interest to opera volunteers!

Thanks to those from the Nashville Opera Guild and Nashville Opera who handled registration, led tours of the city and the Liff Center, and organized the lunch and dinner on Saturday.

Finally, thanks to our speakers who gave us insight into new ways to help us as volunteers and opera lovers.

I can hardly wait for our next meeting in Chicago, April 22 – 25, featuring the Chicago Opera Theater. We’ll see Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto (Moses in Egypt) and Cavalli’s Giasone (Jason and the Argonauts), along with the sights, sounds, food and ambiance of our great second city – Chicago!

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