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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT : Opera Honoring Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary

  • Joy Reigns Church 35 Mayo Ridge Road Edgewater, MD, 21037 United States (map)

We invite you to join us on Saturday, Feb. 13 for a special event featuring a member of the NCAC Fulbright community.

Fulbright alumnus, classical composer and NCAC Board Member Hollis Thoms will host us for a free performance of his opera, "O, know, sweet love, I only write of you." The work is based on Shakespeare's Love Sonnets, in honor of the 400th anniversary of his death, and the performance will take place on Saturday night of Valentine's Day weekend, near Annapolis, Maryland*. We'll start at 5:00 pm with a cocktail hour at Yellowfin Restaurant with a beautiful view of the water (price not included with ticket). The performance, a short drive away, will take place at 7:00 pm at Joy Reigns Church. We hope you can join us for this special event that is so unique to our NCAC community. 

7:00 pm:  Premiere of an opera based on the Love Sonnets of William Shakespeare and composed by Fulbright Alumnus Hollis Thoms.  "O, know, sweet love, I only write of you" is an opera written for soprano, baritone and string ensemble.  The performance is free.

5:00 - 6:00 pm:  Pre-performance happy hour and meet the composer will be at Yellowfin Restaurant, 2840 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater at your own expense.  The restaurant is just a few blocks from the concert location (driving distance).

Online registration required. 

For more information on the composer, visit Hollis Thoms' composer website,

*The event is in Edgewater, Maryland, about 1 hour outside DC by car, and is NOT accessible by public transportation. Please see the FAQ's below for more information.



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The event is accessible only by car, located near Annapolis, Maryland (about an hour outside DC). When registering, you'll be given the opportunity to request a ride or offer a ride to fellow attendees. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email  

Is the cocktail hour free?

No. While entrance to the Yellowfin restaurant is free, attendees are on their own to pay for food/drinks during the cocktail hour before the performance starts. 

How far is it from the cocktail hour to the performance venue? 

You will want to take a car between the cocktail hour (at Yellowfin restaurant) and the performance (at Joy Reigns Church). The distance is 1.3 miles, and you'll have to cross a bridge to get there!