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Canisius Composer-in-Residence Persis Parshall Vehar will premiere her latest opera, “Eleanor Roosevelt” (Adobe Acrobat PDF) on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 at 4 p.m. at the Carrier Theatre in Syracuse, NY. “Eleanor Roosevelt” will be performed by The Society of New Music.

Vehar’s opera is based on the play Eleanor: Her Secret Journey by former Cazenovia Writer Rhoda Lerman with Ithaca librettist Gabrielle Vehar. The production celebrates the impact of Central New York on the women’s right movement.

Vehar has been praised by The New York Times for her musical “honesty, clarity, and compositional skill.” Her works have been commissioned and performed by leading orchestras, opera companies, ensembles, soloists, and schools across both the United States and Europe. Vehar has received 27 annual ASCAP Awards and seven Meet-the-Composer grants.

Tickets are $15 for general admission or $12 for students and seniors. Reservations may be made at (315) 245-1689 or by E-mail at

Submitted by: Public Relations