Joe Wyatt
Published September 6, 2016

MusicTwo members of the Amarillo College music faculty will put their world-class talents on display in September, and connoisseurs and novices alike will have equal opportunity to attend local performances for free.

AC veteran educator Mary Jane Johnson and faculty newcomer Dr. Diego Caetano, each of whom has performed on five continents, will appear on separate stages before the musical month expires, offering dulcet delights to fans of opera and piano, respectively.

Johnson, professor of music and voice artist in residence, is a celebrated soprano who has shared the stage with some of her craft’s preeminent practitioners, even the incomparable Luciano Pavarotti. She will be the featured performer Sept. 16 and 17 when the Amarillo Symphony opens its 2016-2017 season with “Opera Highlights with Mary Jane Johnson.”

Tickets for those 7:30 p.m. performances at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts are available at; however, a dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 is free. Johnson will be performing selected arias from opera’s greatest composers.

Brazilian-born Caetano, assistant professor of music-piano, joined the AC faculty this fall semester. He will perform his premier recital at AC at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Concert Hall Theater on the Washington Street Campus. The recital, featuring works by Scriabin, Liszt and Schumann, is free and will serve as a prelude to a six-stop concert tour in Brazil.

Caetano is known to perform widely as a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall. An advocate for contemporary music, Caetano has received the top prizes in more than 40 national and international piano competitions.

For more information about these performances, please contact AC’s Music Department at 806-371-5340.