FSU’s Department of Music to Present Opera Theatre Performance, “A Night of Love, Magic and Death, W

Frostburg State University’s Opera Theatre will present “A Night of Love, Magic and Death, With Music From Purcell to Puccini” on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Monday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public. Directed by Dr. Tory Browers, this gala concert will feature operatic scenes from “La Bohème,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “The Magic Flute” and “Dido and Aeneas.” Caption info: Opera Theatre students rehearse a “toast” from one of their scenes. They are, ...
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Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present the Percussion, Guitar and String Ensembles Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Gary Phillips, will first perform “Fanfare for Percussion Quartet” by Jeffrey D. Grubbs. The themes in this piece were inspired by percussively driven action-adventure films of the past, including the 1984 film, “The Terminator.” The ensemble will also perform “First Voyage of Auki Badorkins” by contemporary percussionist Michael LaRosa; “Aria of the Soul” (or “The Poem for Everyone's Soul”), a staple of the “Persona” video game series, arranged by student Nathan Kopit; and “Batik” by James Campbell, in which the use of pentatonic scales, as well as the rhythmic and melodic content, is an indication of the influences of Javanese gamelan music.

The FSU Guitar Ensemble, directed by Patrick Sise, will feature music from movies and TV. Come out to enjoy some tunes you might be surprised to hear.

The FSU String Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Karen Lau, will present “The Allegretto Moderato in D Major, for String Trio (TH 152),” which was written in 1863 or 1864 as an exercise while Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a student in composition classes at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. “Intermezzo” from “Little Suite for Strings, Op.1” by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, is full of good humor. It commences with a lilting waltz and then is followed by a more energetic dance section that has a vague Viennese quality to it. “Romanian Folk Dances” by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (arranged by Arthur Willner) is a suite of six short pieces composed in 1915. Bartók later orchestrated it for a small ensemble in 1917. Last on the list is “Waltz” from “Coppelia” by the French composer Leo Delibes (arranged by Jeff Manookian). The familiar waltz from this sentimental comic ballet remains a favorite on concert stages around the world.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 
 
 
FSU’s Department of Music to Present Opera Theatre Performance, “A Night of Love, Magic and Death, W PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 28 October 2017 07:59

Opera Theatre 2017Frostburg State University’s Opera Theatre will present “A Night of Love, Magic and Death, With Music From Purcell to Puccini” on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Monday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Directed by Dr. Tory Browers, this gala concert will feature operatic scenes from “La Bohème,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “The Magic Flute” and “Dido and Aeneas.”

Caption info: Opera Theatre students rehearse a “toast” from one of their scenes. They are, from left, Pateley Bonjiorni, David Cook, Gabriel Harper, accompanist Joseph Yungen, Hannah Miller, Raymond Sorenson, Jenna Blosser and Marsé Romero.

“La Bohème” was composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on the novel “Scènes de la vie de bohème” by Henri Murger, a collection of vignettes portraying young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. The libretto focuses on the relationship between Rodolfo and Mimì, ending with her death. “La bohème” has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory, and it is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

“Roméo et Juliette” is an opera by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. The libretto follows the story of Shakespeare's play. The opera was first performed in Paris in 1867. It is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song “Je veux vivre” for the soprano.

“The Magic Flute” is by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included singing and spoken dialogue. The work premiered in 1791 in Vienna, just two months before the composer's premature death. In this opera, the Queen of the Night persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity under the high priest Sarastro; instead, he learns the high ideals of Sarastro’s community and seeks to join it. Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished.

“Dido and Aeneas” was written by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate, composed no later than 1688. The story is based on Book IV of Virgil’s “Aeneid.” It recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. A monumental work in Baroque opera, “Dido and Aeneas” is remembered as one of Purcell’s foremost theatrical works. One of the earliest known English operas, it was also Purcell’s only true opera, as well as his only all-sung dramatic work.

Opera students include sopranos Jenna Blosser, Hannah Miller and Marsé Romero; mezzo-soprano Pateley Bongiorni; tenors David Cook and Gabriel Harper; and baritone Raymond Sorenson. Joseph Yungen will accompany the group on the piano.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 
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