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April 25, 2012
Story by: Michael Dawes, King Content PR

Renowned Soloist Trent Green to Perform at Kilby Sculpture Ceremony
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Trent Green - Tenor Opera Singer and Soloist, originally from Ellinwood
Ellinwood native Trent Green’s robust tenor voice has taken him all the way to Spoleto, Italy, where he performed with opera greats Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, and composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Saturday evening, his voice will bring him home as a special singing guest during the Jack Kilby Sculpture Lighting Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Great Bend.

Currently Green is singing with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and is also the assistant music director and cantor for St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Mo.

He will perform three songs during Saturday’s ceremony, accompanied by retired master teacher Jenny Allford, who remains involved with community music performances. Midway through the program, Green will sing “Bring Him Home” from the musical “Les Misérables.” He will follow that performance a few presenters later by singing “America the Beautiful.”  And Green will close the ceremony by singing “God Bless America” a cappella, as special lighting is turned on to illuminate “The Gift” sculpture.
Green studied under Michael Cousins at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. With the UMKC Conservatory he performed as Giles Corey in “The Crucible,” Prunier in “La Rondine,” and Satyavan in “Savitri.” Also at UMKC, Green was the featured soloist for Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass.”

Green graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education. While at Hays, he was a frequent soloist with the Fort Hays State Singers under the direction of Dr. Rager Moore. He performed the roles of Tamino in “Die Zauberflote” and Nanki Poo in “The Mikado.” Trent was also the featured tenor soloist in Handel’s “Messiah.” He earned an Associate Degree of Fine Arts from Barton Community College.

Allford was named to the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame in 2010 for her stellar 25-year career as a music educator in Great Bend. She came to Great Bend in 1969 to as the vocal music instructor at Roosevelt Junior High School. She taught at Roosevelt until 1978, and then moved to Great Bend High School, where she continued to teach vocal music for 16 years, until her retirement in 1994. She currently serves as the Chancel Choir accompanist at the First United Methodist Church. Allford has been the rehearsal and performance accompanist for the Great Bend Community Theater and rehearsal accompanist for the Barton County Community Choir. She also has been accompanist for the Barton County Choral Society and the Lyric Singers Community Chorus.