Country Americana music, opera to be on the same stage

PERFORMING Sunday to kick off the week-long Fredericksburg Opera and Music Festival was Ray Salinas of Fredericksburg. The "Opera Brunch," held at the St. Mary's Holy Family Center, also featured September Bigelow-van der Stoel. —Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Opera Fest to feature Wednesday, Friday, Saturday stagings at Nimitz

By Ken Esten Cooke—  A mixture of two distinctly different genres of music will take place this week at The Fredericksburg Opera and Music Festival.

The week-long festival kicked off Sunday with an “Opera Brunch” at the St. Mary’s Holy
Family Center.

Jonathan Moody and his country band of Boerne and opera singer Ray Salinas of Fredericksburg will present an opera-country classic at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Nimitz Hotel Ballroom.

“We believe this to be a first pairing of these two musical genre in Texas, and attendees will experience great food and music in a comfortable setting,” said Arden Dorn, Hill Country Opera Festival president.

The inclusive price for the evening is $35.

Salinas began studying voice at the age of eight with local voice teachers Laurie Jenschke and Bobbye Sawatzky. He attended Texas Lutheran University in Seguin where he continued studying with professor of voice, Sharon Conoly and sang under the direction of choir director, Dr. Sigurd Christiansen.

“Ray performed in a variety of operas around the country and continued his vocal studies under Metropolitan Opera Chorus Master, David Stivender,” Dorn said.

Salinas has taught music for the past 18 years and is presently directing choirs at Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg. He is also performing as a soloist both locally and on stages throughout Texas.

Moody is an Americana musician and native Texan who grew up singing in his father’s church.

“Jonathan has performed at The Grand Old Opry and the House of Blues stages,” Dorn said. “He loves sitting around a fire and sharing music with friends at his Hill Country home southwest of Boerne.”

Moody had his first six-song EP release in April of this year. “He is an up-and-coming songwriter and musician, who draws a following around all of Texas and beyond,” Dorn said.

Youth night

Youth night will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nimitz, and will feature local and regional talent.

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