The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will present its first opera concert at 6 p.m. EDT April 22.
The museum, 901 S. College St., in Auburn, will present "Masters of Melody" featuring baritone Carl Ratner, accompanied by pianist David Goldberger.
The two musicians will present works by Franz Schubert, Giuseppe Verdi, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Seating is limited and can be reserved.
Ratner began his opera career as an assistant stage director in opera houses including England's Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He was artistic director of Chamber Opera Chicago from 1984-93 and Chicago's Opera Theater from 1994-99. He has been director of opera at Western Michigan University since 2001. He is also artistic and management consultant for Opera Naples. He recently was a Fulbright resident at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.
Goldberg has a doctorate from Columbia University and has performed in solo recitals and in chamber music with orchestra in the United States, France, Italy and Mexico. He is retired from the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Hunter College and Long Island University. He is in the Hall of Fame of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and is listed in the International Who's Who in Music. He has recorded works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Clementi for Opus Records. He has edited more than 50 volumes of piano music, including one for four-hand works, standard works of solo literature and teaching materials for students.