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The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will welcome Angela Brown, a renowned operatic soprano who leads a nonprofit organization that provides cultural enrichment opportunities to underserved communities, to the University of Georgia Feb. 20-24 as the annual Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding. Brown’s week in residence will include learning sessions with students in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and at Clarke Central High School, and public events in the Hodgson School and the Delta Innovation Hub.

Brown’s visit is presented by the Willson Center in partnership with the Hodgson School, the Institute for African American Studies, the Music Business Program, the department of theatre and film studies, and the Innovation Gateway. It is also part of UGA's Black History Month calendar.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Brown will perform her signature show “Opera... from a Sistah's Point of View” in the Hodgson School’s Edge Recital Hall. The program showcases the soprano’s formidable singing while making the material accessible to audiences with little or no exposure to opera or classical music. Through wry, candid explanations of opera plots that provide a context to the performances that is contemporary and colloquial, Brown invites young and untrained audiences to engage with an artistic medium to which they may never have felt connected.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited and may be reserved here.

This event is part of the Willson Center's Global Georgia series of public events.

At 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the Delta Innovation Hub, 210 Spring St., Brown and Janet Jarriel, founder of JEJ Artists talent agency, will present “It Takes Two,” a workshop on navigating the business side of a career in the arts in cooperation with a professional manager. This event is also free and open to all.

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