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WPO Gala to celebrate Bowles’ contribution and welcome McQuade

Western Plains Opera, one of Minot State University's premier arts organizations, will celebrate Ken Bowles’ contribution and welcome Mark McQuade at the WPO Opera Gala. The celebration will be Tuesday (Sept. 1) at the Holiday Inn Riverside at 7 p.m.

Mark McQuade, music associate professor, assumed leadership of WPO this summer. WPO has built an established opera tradition within the region, beginning with “The Student Prince” in 1976. After leading WPO for 21 years, Kenneth Bowles, music professor, stepped down as executive director but remains chair of the MSU Division of Music. WPO also sponsors musicals and concerts of the Western Plains Children’s Chorus.

The gala will feature performances by the lead singers in “The Magic Flute,” an opera McQuade will direct as well as produce in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. A silent auction will also be available. To learn more about WPO and “The Magic Flute,” visit For questions, contact McQuade at

Published: 08/28/15

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