The Beat apologizes for being a little late with the following pretty-cool news item, but we were busy being sick and catching up from being sick...

Opera Columbus' newest support group, Repertorio, will hold its first fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night (Tuesday, Jan. 29) at Powell United Methodist Church. What's most cool about Repertorio is that its members are high school and college students. (Told you it was cool.)

Anyway, the event will feature vocal and instrumental performances by some of central Ohio's best young musicians. Tickets are $10 for adults and$5 for students and senior citizens. Call (614) 461-8101, extension 22 or e-mail repertorio@operacolumbus.org.