Cary Lewis, Robert Herman, Erik Hundtoft and Nancy McCall

Veteran tenor Dr. Robert Herman will mark his 85th birthday this Tuesday, March 5, with a gala concert of music from opera, operetta and Broadway musicals at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

“A Harvest of Stars” will feature vocal soloists from Portland and Tillamook County, accompanied by Portland pianist Dr. Cary Lewis, Herman’s long-time friend and a frequent performer on the Oregon Coast.

Herman and Lewis first performed together as music students at University of North Texas in the 1960s and began teaming up again in recent years after a chance encounter in Oregon. Both have enjoyed long performing careers throughout the United States and abroad.

Assisted by professional singers Emily Kinkley and Erik Hundtoft from Portland, Herman will recreate his signature role of Rigoletto in excerpts from Verdi’s opera. Later, he will reprise the part of Koko in selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta “The Mikado.”

Kinkley and Hundtoft will be joined by Margaret Page and Adam Schwend from Tillamook County. Page frequently participates with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, while Schwend is conductor of the biennial Midway Messiah.

Rounding out the cast are Valerie Kendall and Nancy McCall of Lincoln City. Kendall, who directs music at First Baptist Church, will perform an aria from Saint-Saens’s opera “Samson & Delilah” and a duet from that work with Herman. McCall and Herman will blend voices in a selection from the Sigmund Romberg musical “Up in Central Park.”

Herman will close the program with an original song, “Take A Look In A Book”, written in 2006 for the dedication of the new Tillamook Library and performed with accompaniment from pianist Grace Thomas.

The concert, which is free and open to all, will start at 7 pm at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Refreshments will be served during intermission. For more information, call Herman at 541-994-4317.

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