Just wanted to give you all a heads up about two performances this weekend that should definitely be on your to-do list:
Tonight 7:30pm and Sunday 3:00pm!
Start your holiday season off on a high note (or 2000!). Join the Baltimore Concert Opera for Rossini’s La Cenerentola, not your classic take on the Cinderella story…and of course, with the BCO’s twist on top of that! Rossini’s vocal fireworks are sure to warm you on a cold winter’s evening, and you can get a head-start on your holiday shopping at our fabulous silent auction! BCO favorites Tim Augustin, David Krohn, Stephen Eisenhard and Jeffrey Tarr return, joined by a stand-out from last year’s So You Think You Can Sing Opera? auditions, Megan Marino, in the title role.
Click here to see Baltimore Concert Opera’s flyer:
Baltimore Concert Opera presents opera in a format that highlights the human voice. By removing the artifice that separates the audience from the performers, BCO creates an experience that is intimate and affordable, that captures the core essence of opera, and that is unlike the overly visual trend of the industry as a whole. In this way, BCO endeavors to create new fans of the art form while giving existing fans an entirely new experience.
Saturday 2pm & 8pm; Sunday 2pm:
Post-Classical Ensemble, “now in its eighth season, is an experimental musical laboratory, testing the limits of orchestral programming.” They are certainly expanding the horizons to more interesting programmatic elements. I am excited to attend their FALLA/STRAVINSKY program tomorrow night. They will be featuring The Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky and El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla. I will be particularly interested in the Falla. This is a rare opportunity to see this “Spanish Gypsy love tale which revolves around three main characters: Candela, a young Gypsy woman; her lover Carmelo; and the spirit of her dead husband, José, which haunts the two lovers.” In fact, this is an exciting opportunity to see a fully-staged production of The Soldier’s Tale as well. It “is a pivotal work in Stravinsky’s repertoire, in that it reveals both his preoccupation with music traditions of his early career and his experimentation with compositional techniques that would be more thoroughly developed in later works.”
Here’s a short note from Anna H. Celenza, Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University:
Georgetown University is honored to join PostClassical Ensemble in the fourth year of an educational partnership. By combining our resources and interdisciplinary interests, we are committed to bringing the joy of music to a new generation. This season, we are also celebrating the second year of collaboration with the Film Program of the National Gallery of Art and our inaugural production with Igal Perry and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company of New York.
Music is more than entertainment, more than a relic of the past. And the study of music has long outgrown the confines of the conservatory. This week’s performing arts celebration serves as a step along Georgetown University’s path to the future. The Music Program in the Department of Performing Arts has recently gained national attention for its undergraduate major in American Musical Culture. The goal of this program is to bridge the fields of “music performance” and “music as a liberal art” through an integrated study of history, cultural studies, theory and performance. Under the leadership of Joseph Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordóñez, PostClassical Ensemble is bringing an innovative approach to contemporary music culture that inspires our students. They are living proof that understanding music is both an artistic and an intellectual achievement.
Through collaborative concerts, conferences, and classroom instruction, Georgetown University and PostClassical Ensemble are committed to bringing students, scholars, performers and audiences together in new and exciting ways. As partners, we hope to show with events like Falla/Stravinsky and the upcoming Schubert Uncorked that music is both a manifestation of intellectual curiosity and a creative endeavor that strengthens contemporary society.
Please also take a look at PostClassical Ensemble’s stunning flyer: