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Opera on the River presents glorious music in a romantic setting

VERO BEACH — Opera is perhaps the grandest of arts, combining dramatic singing, beautiful people and opulent settings.  On Friday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m., guests may experience the magnificence of arias mingled with the elegance of light chamber music, when the Cultural Council of Indian River County presents Opera on the River.

Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Wallach, local philanthropists, opera aficionados and supporters for many years, have graciously opened their riverfront estate, Palacio del Rio, to provide a magnificent setting for the evening’s program.  So take out your evening attire– as the season winds down, this event will be a night filled with glorious music, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wine. The evening will feature soprano Angela Mortellaro, who appears this season at the Sarasota Opera; lyric baritone Sean Stork, who recently performed with the Central Florida Lyric Opera; Karen Zarandona as accompanist/soprano and Joshua Zaradona as emcee/tenor.  The Sarasate Strings will perform between arias and feature Matt Stott, Violin I; Tom Fritz, Violin II, Wendy Karabensh, Viola; and Joe Loehnis, Cello.  For more information about the artists and the program see the Council’s website at

The Cultural Council is grateful to event sponsors George E. Warren Corporation and Marine Bank and Trust Company.  Additional support has been provided by Gould, Cooksey and Fennell as well as Treasure Coast Refuse.

Tickets are $100 per person and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Cultural Council (CCIRC). If you love opera, and wish to support the Cultural Council, purchase a ticket or make a donation.

Information and tickets:  Call 772-770-4857, order online at the Cultural Council’s E-Store at or send check  to the Council at 2036 14th Avenue, #103, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Designated by the Indian River County Commission to act as this county’s umbrella cultural organization, CCIRC provides leadership and advocacy for the cultural sector as well as planning and dissemination of cultural activities through advertising and promotion to local, state and national media channels.  Locally, CCIRC has publicized over 700 events in our county this year through printed and online event calendars, and has provided a myriad of services that keep residents and visitors culturally informed.

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