Aaron Garber composed the chamber opera “Romania: Revolution 1989” that makes its debut in Romania on Dec. 13.

A Virginia composer with ties to Salem will conduct his opera about the Romanian revolution when it makes its premiere in Romania next week.

Aaron Garber, the former music director of College Lutheran Church in Salem and founder of the Salem Choral Society, composed the chamber opera “Romania: Revolution 1989.” He and a group of Virginians are traveling to Timisoara, Romania, where the opera will be performed by the Romanian National Opera on Dec. 13.

The performance will also feature tenor Scott Williamson, artistic director of Opera Roanoke, and pianist Melia Garber, Aaron Garber’s wife, who teaches piano at Hollins University. She was born in Romania and remembers the uprising that overthrew tyrannical Romanian President Nicolae Ceauseascue on Dec. 15, 1989, and…



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