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CANCELED. Classical Drinking ~ featuring Sarah Daughtrey, Mezzo-Soprano

March 14, 2020 7:30 pm
March 14, 2020 9:30 pm
1740 Calle De Mercado Suites B & D, Las Cruces NM 88005   View map


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Classical Drinking on 3/14/20 is canceled.  Please forgive us the inconvenience, but due to the understandable concerns about the coronavirus situation and the “social distance” requirements, we have determined that cancellation of the Classical Drinking event on March 14 is in the best interest of the public.  We hope to tell you soon when it will be rescheduled. 


March 14, 2020 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Classical Drinking featuring Sarah Daughtrey, mezzo-soprano, with guest sopranos Sarah Neely and Danielle Cordova,  and Bill and Beverly Rhodes on piano.

This is the fifth of a new six-part live music series that will feature regional musicians in a relaxed atmosphere.   Dry Point Distillers will offer a cash bar with cocktails and non-alcoholic options.    Cost:  $15 at the door or in advance at or at DAAC office 575-523-6403.

Sarah Daughtrey, mezzo-soprano, is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Vocal Area at NMSU. She has also held positions at Elizabethtown College in PA and Marshall University in WV. Dr. Daughtrey received the DM in Vocal Performance and Literature from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying with renowned soprano Patricia Wise. While at IU, she was privileged to perform in a staged version of Argento’s song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf under the direction of acclaimed baritone Håkan Hagegård with the composer in attendance.

Sarah Dougherty, mezzo soprano

Dr. Daughtrey has performed as alto soloist for several works, including Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart Requiem at NMSU and Lebanon Valley College (PA), the Bach St. John Passion, with Music! Gettysburg, and both Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai with the Lebanon Valley Choral Society, as well as the 2015 New Mexico premiere of Tippett’s A Child of our Time with NMSU. An active presenter and pedagogue, Prof. Daughtrey’s diverse activities include performances at two College Music Society national conferences; a lecture recital presentation at the Texoma Region of NATS 2016 conference on Brazilian song and Brazilian Portuguese lyric diction; and this past fall, a joint recital with cellist Jorge Espinoza of all South American repertoire. She has also served as master class instructor at several colleges around the country and performed many faculty and community recitals regionally and nationally. This spring, she will perform as alto soloist with the Roswell Symphony in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

With this new Classical Drinking music series, Artistic Director Jim Shearer

aims to “de-mystify” classical music by offering audience-friendly selections in a relaxed environment.  Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or in advance on-line. A cash bar will be offered by Dry Point Distillers with yummy cocktails and non-alcoholic options.  Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the musicians throughout the evening.

Classical Drinking music events that will take place on the Second Saturday of the month from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Classical Drinking will follow the monthly  Second Saturday 10-10 Arts Hop gallery opening from 4-7 p.m. at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center.

The full 2019-2020 series schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019       La Catrina String Quartet with special guest Jim Shearer

Saturday, October 12            Marcos Cavalcante, classical guitar, Hyerim Mapp cello, and Madelyn Moore on Clarinet

Saturday, November 9           Dena Kay Jones, solo piano


No events in December or January


Saturday, Feb, 8, 2020            Erik Unsworth, Double Bass, Dena Kay Jones on piano

Saturday, March 14               Sarah Daughtrey, vocals with Dena Kay Jones on piano

Saturday, April 11                 Piano Trio with Dena Kay Jones, Jim Shearer on tuba, and Celeste Shearer on French horn