Orchestra theater – SingCo Music http://singcomusic.com/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 19:52:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://singcomusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-38-120x120.png Orchestra theater – SingCo Music http://singcomusic.com/ 32 32 Valley Dance Theater ‘Nutcracker Returns to Bankhead Theater | Culture https://singcomusic.com/valley-dance-theater-nutcracker-returns-to-bankhead-theater-culture/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 19:00:00 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/valley-dance-theater-nutcracker-returns-to-bankhead-theater-culture/ The Valley Dance Theater will present its 40th full-length production of “The Nutcracker” at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore from Saturday December 11 through Sunday December 19. “After an 18-month hiatus, we are delighted to bring our dancers back to the Bankhead stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet,” said artistic director Betsy Hausburg. “The Nutcracker”, […]]]>

The Valley Dance Theater will present its 40th full-length production of “The Nutcracker” at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore from Saturday December 11 through Sunday December 19.

“After an 18-month hiatus, we are delighted to bring our dancers back to the Bankhead stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet,” said artistic director Betsy Hausburg.

“The Nutcracker”, considered by many to be the world’s most popular ballet, tells the story of a young girl who falls asleep on Christmas Eve and wakes up in a world where oversized toys come to life, including Casse -Hazelnut.

“We eagerly invite families and friends to join us as we come together again to experience the captivating beauty of Tchaikovsky’s work and watch our Nutcracker Christmas tree grow on stage before the sparkling Snow Queen does not lead the body under the falling snow rains, ”said Hausburg.

The traditional production of the ballet company Livermore was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 5,000 spectators watched the production of in 2019.

Production will begin on December 11 with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Evening performances are also scheduled at Bankhead on Friday December 17th, Saturday December 18th and Sunday December 19th. Additional morning performances are scheduled for Sunday, December 12, Saturday December 18 and Sunday December 19.

All public performances will be accompanied by the Valley Dance Theater Pit Orchestra.

Tickets cost $ 35 to $ 45 for adults, $ 25 for those under 18, and are available online at www.bankheadtheater.org, by phone at 925-373-6800, by email at boxoffice @ bankheadtheater .org, or in person at the theater ticket office, open from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, and one hour before each show.

The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St., Livermore.


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“The Nutcracker” productions adapt to changing cultural points of view | Arts and theater https://singcomusic.com/the-nutcracker-productions-adapt-to-changing-cultural-points-of-view-arts-and-theater/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 19:00:00 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/the-nutcracker-productions-adapt-to-changing-cultural-points-of-view-arts-and-theater/ “Midsummer” was a great transition in helping the dancers get back into shape and prepare for the rigors of the “Nutcracker,” said Schumann. Her new choreography will refine the ballet’s narrative and highlight Clara’s “dream”, the little girl who receives a Nutcracker toy at a party, then falls asleep and dreams that the Nutcracker has […]]]>

“Midsummer” was a great transition in helping the dancers get back into shape and prepare for the rigors of the “Nutcracker,” said Schumann. Her new choreography will refine the ballet’s narrative and highlight Clara’s “dream”, the little girl who receives a Nutcracker toy at a party, then falls asleep and dreams that the Nutcracker has come to life as Prince. .

In another departure, Schumann chose an adult as Clara. In part, that’s because planning for this year’s “Nutcracker” began before children under the age of 12 could receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Besides doing a new ‘The Nutcracker’, I had to be thinking ‘How am I going to do a’ Nutcracker ‘without kids?’ Schumann said.






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With Madison Ballet ballet master Thomas Mattingly, Schumann shaped the choreography so that the roles of the children could grow over the years, as does the size of the cast, she said. Schumann, who was a choreographer, solo dancer and ballet master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 16 years, has performed in numerous “The Nutcracker” during her career, most notably as the American Beauty Rose in the famous version Ruth Page.

“I will definitely be thanking Ruth Page” in Madison Ballet’s new production, she said.

Schumann, who enjoys “a ‘traditional’ ‘nutcracker,” called on the expertise of local dancers to add cultural richness.


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Carrie Underwood prepares to open new Las Vegas Strip theater during NFR https://singcomusic.com/carrie-underwood-prepares-to-open-new-las-vegas-strip-theater-during-nfr/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:00:50 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/carrie-underwood-prepares-to-open-new-las-vegas-strip-theater-during-nfr/ The holidays are great, but it’s actually country music season on the Las Vegas Strip. After moving to Arlington, Texas to sustain itself during last year’s pandemic peak, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo returns to Las Vegas starting December 2, and it brings all the concerts and parties that come with it. . The coming […]]]>

The holidays are great, but it’s actually country music season on the Las Vegas Strip. After moving to Arlington, Texas to sustain itself during last year’s pandemic peak, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo returns to Las Vegas starting December 2, and it brings all the concerts and parties that come with it. .

The coming week also marks a significant passing of the entertainment torch in Vegas. Together in Vegas, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn’s co-starring country music residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, wraps up a successful six-year tour of the Strip with its last eight shows from December 1-15. At the same time, Carrie Underwood is launching her first Strip residence, Reflection, at the new Resorts World Theater, with six performances starting December 1.

The four artists have long been household names to country fans, and McEntire and Underwood sang alongside Loretta Lynn on Lynn’s March album and her title track “Still Woman Enough”.

Country music has only intensified its presence in Las Vegas over the years with multiple superstar residences, awards shows at casino arenas, and all the major concert tours rushing across the country. Of the four headliners announced at Resorts World, two are country artists, with Luke Bryan launching his own show in February.

Of course, Underwood was not originally scheduled to open the 4,700-seat Resorts World Theater. Celine Dion has pulled out of her November 5 debut show in October due to medical concerns and has yet to announce any rescheduled dates for what will be her third residency production on the Las Vegas Strip.

Resorts World, which opened in June, and its entertainment partner AEG Presents have been affected by the change in plans. The theater was ready to go, and the cast and crew from Dion’s show were on location and in rehearsals, but the massive new complex will not be able to enjoy its full programming potential until this venue is active. It’s also important to note that Dion was only available for his Resorts World residence because the pandemic has scrambled his world tour schedule, which is now set to resume in March in Denver.

Dion’s delay, coupled with the Allegiant Stadium opening to full crowds earlier this year, may have cast a temporary shadow over the Resorts World Theater, but Underwood should easily remove it. The size and dynamic design of the new venue will be compared to the Colosseum and Dolby Live at Park MGM, but as a new such space on the Strip, the Resorts World Theater was designed with maximum versatility in mind. , as well as the convenience of its headliners and superstars. public.

It has a four-story lobby and atrium that feels significantly larger than its competitors, as well as a private lounge, dedicated VIP entrance, and a room specially designed for artist encounters. Inside the theater, seating is spread over a wide orchestra floor and two levels of balconies, the furthest being just 50 yards from one of the Strip’s largest stages. The capacity can reach 5,000, and the lighting, video and audio specifications are as good as they can get.

In addition to Underwood, Bryan, Dion and Katy Perry (which opens on December 29), AEG has booked another all-star star for the Resorts World Theater and is expected to announce the act soon. But for now, it’s all about the music, the big country comeback, and the all-new Vegas venue making noise on the Strip.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD: REFLECTION December 1, 3-4, 8 and 10-11, 8 p.m., $ 98 +. Resorts World Theater, 702-676-7000.

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WITH INDIGO BLUME at the Family Theater / Kennedy Center https://singcomusic.com/with-indigo-blume-at-the-family-theater-kennedy-center/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 16:08:22 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/with-indigo-blume-at-the-family-theater-kennedy-center/ Kwame Alexander’s 2010 picture book for 5-8 year olds, Acoustic rooster and his barnyard group, secretly serves Jazz 101 for kids in Prokofiev style Pierre and the Wolf and Britten Youth guide to the orchestra introduce them to musical instruments. Alexander’s book, featuring characters like Mules Davis and Duck Ellington, isn’t just full of puns, […]]]>

Kwame Alexander’s 2010 picture book for 5-8 year olds, Acoustic rooster and his barnyard group, secretly serves Jazz 101 for kids in Prokofiev style Pierre and the Wolf and Britten Youth guide to the orchestra introduce them to musical instruments. Alexander’s book, featuring characters like Mules Davis and Duck Ellington, isn’t just full of puns, it explains jazz and has its own glossary. Its 2011 title, Indigo Blume and the Garden City, presents its courageous 9-year-old heroine who teaches an urban district to go green and to grow our garden. In 2020, Alexander mixed up some of the characters from the two books to help kids understand that the show has to go on even when you’re a little afraid of getting up in front of groups and also having your parents like you. No matter. What Books are joys, but the 2021 mix of Alexander and Mary Rand Hess in this 70-minute musical production, at the Family Theater at Kennedy Center through November 28, has flaws. Let’s be done so the good news can follow.

Flaw 1: Invisible instrumentalists drown every word of every song. Between the director, Lili-Anne Brown, the sound designer, Kevin Lee Alexander, and whoever the sound operator is, this could be settled. But that would take the will to challenge the current “strong is good” fashion. Randy Preston’s songs deserve better, as do the actors who perform them. Flaw 2: The 5-year-old audience started going to the bathroom or beyond in the 40th minute. By minute 55, many of those left in the house were discussing the script. Theater for children / theater for young audiences is not new, nor are its principles; and worse yet, the attention spans of all ages have shortened. 70 minutes may be okay for 8-year-olds – younger ones deserve shows a little shorter than that. Flaw 3: Perhaps the permissions from the Duke Ellington Estate to sing a few bars were unattainable, but, alas, the sound puns that Duck Ellington kept talking about throughout the script fell flat. They don’t mean anything because it doesn’t have that song.

Kanysha Williams (as Indigo Blume), a good new triple threat graduate of DC’s Duke Ellington High School for the Performing Arts, actually has a fourth skill in her toolbox that cannot be taught or learned. In addition to her top notch singing, playing and dancing, she has the kind of energy that carries the shows. Williams reminded me of a few numbers from Cy Coleman’s shows that could / could be great in his audition portfolio: “Hey, Big Spender” by Sweet charity and “The Oldest Profession”, a jaw-dropping number, causing Tony (yelling at Lilias White) to Life. The kids in the audience, who don’t know anything about Coleman or Tonys, just loved him. Jaysen Wright (as Mules Davis) perfectly captures the voice of Miles Davis. Lauren Davis deftly switches from icky, Chickee Minaj (who seems alarmingly obsessed with bling and money in a play intended for children aged 5 to 8) to Indigo’s supportive and supportive mother; Davis can change a singing style in a snap. (Wig designer, Priscilla Bruce). It’s no discredit to good singer / actor Farrell Parker (as Dairy Parton) that Bruce’s Parton-esque wig for her and Erik Teague’s costume overshadow her performance a bit. Teague built an overskirt for the country / dairy singer from rows of bandanas. This is what Marie-Antoinette could wear to attend the Grand Old Opry. Teague’s diamond picks for Duck Ellington are less successful. The duke wore tails, tuxedos, suits; he could go without a tie in rehearsal or in the recording studio. But a diamond sweater and high diamond socks? Nah, man. Actor Vaughn Midder, however, wears Duck Ellington’s mallard-colored do-rag with panache. And speaking of plume, Teague adorns Randy Preston (as Acoustic Rooster) shoulder pads with reddish-brown feathers. His jacket, of course, is as red as a rooster’s ear. And speaking of acoustics. These 5 excellent singers could reach the bottom row of the Family Theater (and several other venues) without microphones. It’s time to rethink sound, mix and volume. Loud is not, in itself, an asset. Rather, it’s the empty calories of the theater. It is time for theaters to make and allow audiences to hear all the components of all songs. The spectators buy an entire seat and have the right to experience the entire show. The words of Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie: with Indigo Blume maybe as good as the tunes were.

The brightly colored set by Arnel Sanciano perfectly completes the show and undoubtedly gives the little ones in the audience the impression of being in a coloring book. The Family Theater stage was a bit crowded when the 5 artists were working on these ensemble numbers; no problem for the choreographer Breon Arzell who created a compact boogie that allowed the actors to anticipate, but never out of breath. Let’s keep the electric slide alive even if 6 year olds have no idea.

For tickets for this world premiere commission, call 202.467.46.600 or visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/explore-by-genre/young-audiences/2021-2022/acoustic-roosters -barnyard- boogie /

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Tokyo Olympics: Olympic Theater Arts to present Time Out concert this Friday https://singcomusic.com/tokyo-olympics-olympic-theater-arts-to-present-time-out-concert-this-friday/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 17:20:27 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/tokyo-olympics-olympic-theater-arts-to-present-time-out-concert-this-friday/ Tickets cost $ 10 and are available at the theater box office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, or online at OlympicTheatreArts.org. For more information, call the theater at 360-683-7326. Olympic Theater Arts will host the Time Out concert this Friday. Band members include: Ann Brittain, voice; Ed Donahue, trumpet and bugle; […]]]>

Tickets cost $ 10 and are available at the theater box office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, or online at OlympicTheatreArts.org. For more information, call the theater at 360-683-7326.

Olympic Theater Arts will host the Time Out concert this Friday. Band members include: Ann Brittain, voice; Ed Donahue, trumpet and bugle; Andy Geiger, tenor saxophone; Chuck Easton, guitar; Elaine Gardner-Morales, bass; and Pete Harris, drums.

“Music is my life!” Donahue said, and his resume echoes that sentiment. He recently retired as a music teacher and band director at Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles, where his bands regularly received accolades. He has also taught private lessons and was a clinician every year at the Blaine Jazz Festival in the summer. He is a member of the Stardust Big Band and is the group’s solo trumpeter. Gardner-Morales is the Director of Vocal Music at Peninsula College and in building the program introduced her students to excellent clinicians / artists. She moved to the Olympic Peninsula from Dallas, Texas, where she taught guitar, vocal jazz, composition, conducting, and music theory at Brookhaven College for the Arts. She plays bass for the Olympic Express Band, as well as for many small groups as a “first call” artist.

Guitar, bass, keyboards, alto and tenor saxophones, trombone, tuba and acoustic harmonica… Easton plays them all. Every summer he is on the faculty of the famous Jazz Week at Centrum at Fort Worden in Port Townsend. He is also principal double bassist of the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra. He conducts the Chuck Easton Quintet and other groups that play jazz, rhythm and blues, traditional jazz. Brittain, originally from Washington, recently moved from Seattle to Sequim. She has performed regularly in Seattle and said she was thrilled to be a part of the Olympic Peninsula scene.

Geiger moved to the Port Angeles area in 2006 after retiring as director of intercollegiate sports at Ohio State University. Music has long been his favorite pastime, and he has been delighted to continue his “muse”, playing in the Stardust Big Band and the Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble, which he joined in 2008. He also plays in his trio and his quartet whenever there is an opportunity.

Harris also recently moved to the Sequim area with his partner, Brittain, from Seattle, where he led his own quartet, performed in Seattle’s loudest ukulele rock band and was a regular on the music scene of the city. He is also currently the drummer for Olympic Express.

Harris also recently moved to the Sequim area with his partner, Brittain, from Seattle, where he led his own quartet, performed in Seattle’s loudest ukulele rock band and was a regular on the music scene of the city. He is also currently the drummer for Olympic Express.

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Live Theater Returns: “Big Fish” at SUNY Cortland https://singcomusic.com/live-theater-returns-big-fish-at-suny-cortland/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:14:34 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/live-theater-returns-big-fish-at-suny-cortland/ Posted: November 18, 2021 / 3:14 PM EST / Update: November 18, 2021 / 3:18 PM EST SUNY (State University of New York) Cortland’s Theater Department presents its first post-pandemic show with the musical Big fish. The show features a cast of 24 students (from first year to senior), a six-person orchestra, over 100 costumes […]]]>

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SUNY (State University of New York) Cortland’s Theater Department presents its first post-pandemic show with the musical Big fish.

The show features a cast of 24 students (from first year to senior), a six-person orchestra, over 100 costumes and large, impressive sets. Based on a novel, it tells the story of a traveling salesman who lives life to the fullest, and the musical is described as “overflowing with heart and humor”.

Actor Kyle Rivera calls the story beautiful and hopes audiences will too.

“I want them to understand that you can be creative and imaginative with life, you shouldn’t be limited by limits,” he says.

The show is directed by Jeff Whiting, who was the associate director of Broadway production of Big fish, as good as Hair, Bullets on Broadway, and Young Frankenstein. He was also director of national tours for these productions.

Having a seasoned professional in charge of the show was a plus for theater students.

“It’s such an honor, especially at the college level, to work with someone so professional,” says Aileen Reddy, who is also part of the cast. “He brings a different expectation and aura that allows us to learn from someone who’s been there, who’s done it, and he’s also so kind and welcoming and open to whatever ideas we want to bring. . It’s very easy going and really inspiring, honestly, to work with someone like that.

If you want to see Big fish – the shows are Friday November 19 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday November 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday November 21 at 2:00 p.m. All shows are at the Dowd Fine Arts Center on the SUNY Cortland campus.

All members of the public will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test, and will be required to wear face coverings inside the Dowd Fine Arts Center.

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‘Pops Cast a Spell’: A Magical Night of Theater, Funk & Disney | Arts https://singcomusic.com/pops-cast-a-spell-a-magical-night-of-theater-funk-disney-arts/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/pops-cast-a-spell-a-magical-night-of-theater-funk-disney-arts/ On November 12, the Harvard Pops Orchestra performed “Pops Casts a Spell,” a theatrical rendition of an original magical plot in collaboration with The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) in the Lowell Lecture Hall. Contributing to the theme, the venue was bathed in a mystical purple light and some of the musicians could be spotted with […]]]>

On November 12, the Harvard Pops Orchestra performed “Pops Casts a Spell,” a theatrical rendition of an original magical plot in collaboration with The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) in the Lowell Lecture Hall. Contributing to the theme, the venue was bathed in a mystical purple light and some of the musicians could be spotted with twists on traditional orchestral attire: a witch hat, a Gryffindor stamped robe and a pink feather boa, for to name a few.

Harvard Pops Orchestra is a student ensemble that presents musical concerts fused with theatrical elements, featuring orchestral playing, acting and vocals.

“I like to think about what we do in a broad sense, presenting entertainment theatrical nights. We play music at a very high standard, but we also incorporate a fun, comedic story throughout, ”said Allen G. Feinstein ’86, Music Director of Pops. “One of the reasons I love working with this group is that we have that extra creative side. “

The concert’s repertoire was as much a fusion as the presentation style, juggling funk rock, Disney soundtracks, theater and jazz. “We center every show around a theme, and this year’s theme is magical, so we play tracks like Howl’s Moving Castle, Danse Macabre, songs from Harry Potter and Superstition,” said Georgiy A. Kent ’22 , one of the co-chairs of Harvard Pops. Some of their past themes have included time travel, funk and the British murder mystery – around which the ensemble has built their repertoire and even a silent film to accompany the show. “Every show – and that’s why we call it a show instead of a concert – comes with a plot, written entirely by the members of the orchestra and performed by guest actors,” Kent said.

“Pops casts a spell” centers on its own storyline: Lily and Larry are two wizards recently graduated from Hogvard (a Hogwarts and Harvard coat rack), who embark on a magical mission in an effort to thwart the evil plans of a dark wizard. Along the way, the wizards face a “Wicked” pandemic, navigate “A Whole New World” to find “Howl’s Moving Castle” and enter “Double Trouble”, amid other episodes which are each represented by a piece of music.

The first act begins with the monologue of the wicked wizard Bartholomew, played by Jacob K. Ostfeld ’23, accompanied by comic extracts from the magic violin, performed by Skye G. Park ’24. At the start of the main characters’ journey, a magical pandemic gets in their way, which the orchestra captures in a classic memento mori, “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns. The shattering sounds of the Legno Pass and the blood-red light of the stage contrast with the comedy introduced by the two student wizards, Lily and Larry, played by Chloe A. Saracco ’22 and Benjamin AK Topa ’22. Their conversation includes clever Harvard-related spinoffs, redefining LS1A as a lizard summon and CS50 as computer spells.

After several adventurous turns, the wizards reach “Howl’s Moving Castle” and the orchestra begins to play a symphonic variation of “Merry-Go-Round” by Joe Hisaishi.

Soloist Rachel Guo ’22, former president of Harvard Pops, was delighted to perform in person. “There’s just something magical – like the theme of our concert – about playing together and everyone feeling that energy in the room. I can’t express it in words, but it’s an unforgettable feeling that I will carry with myself even after I graduate.

Act One ends with another piece with a virtuoso solo: “Fiddler On The Roof” arranged by John Williams, with Skye G. Park ’24 on violin. “It’s not a routine medley; when people think of a medley for music from a Broadway show, they just think it’s a series of melodies, ”Feinstein said. “But this medley is very different because it’s both a medley and a kind of violin concerto.”

Act Two highlights a guest performance by THUD (The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers), which exists as the army of The Horrendously Underrated Demons in the pop realm. Using buckets and metal chair legs, the set depicts a cohort of brooding demons that the evil wizard summons. The concert ends with a jazzed-up version of Walter Murphy’s Beethoven’s Fifth, playfully repeating the iconic motif as the two student wizards triumph over the dark wizard.

Although “Pops Casts a Spell” was the band’s first live performance in nearly two years, Harvard Pops has remained busy during the pandemic. “With those interested, we met every week and worked on creative virtual projects. We’ve done quite a few, actually, ”Feinstein said. From creating an original melodrama podcast to filming a funky take on classical music, Harvard Pops has remained active by creating a series of “pandemic projects” over the past year.

Still, in-person concerts are irreplaceable, especially for an ensemble like Pops who often interact with audiences. According to the director, Harvard Pops is focused on creating an audience-friendly, immersive experience, and last Friday’s room was the perfect place to do it. “We perform in the Lowell Lecture Hall, which is very intimate – we are never more than a few feet from the audience,” said Feinstein. “It’s almost like a cabaret as opposed to a big concert hall. The informality of it is something we take advantage of.”

“Pops really acts as a break from your busy schedule to just come over and play some fun music,” said Kent, looking back on his last four years as a member of Pops. “It all comes together, and you sit there and think that all of the work you’ve put in this semester has come right now. And you’re like, ‘Oh, okay, that’s why I’m doing this.’ “


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Lakewood Cultural Center Theater, Orchestra: Schedule of Events https://singcomusic.com/lakewood-cultural-center-theater-orchestra-schedule-of-events/ https://singcomusic.com/lakewood-cultural-center-theater-orchestra-schedule-of-events/#respond Thu, 11 Nov 2021 19:22:11 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/lakewood-cultural-center-theater-orchestra-schedule-of-events/ LAKEWOOD, CO – Tickets are on sale for live performances at the Lakewood Cultural Center, which is hosting its 2021-2022 season. The audience was welcomed back to the center’s 320-seat theater, which takes many precautions to keep customers safe amid the spread of the delta variant. The 2021-22 season includes performances that had to be […]]]>

LAKEWOOD, CO – Tickets are on sale for live performances at the Lakewood Cultural Center, which is hosting its 2021-2022 season.

The audience was welcomed back to the center’s 320-seat theater, which takes many precautions to keep customers safe amid the spread of the delta variant.

The 2021-22 season includes performances that had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The season’s lineup aims to help audiences adjust to live performances with familiarity, humor and energy, the center said.

Upcoming LCC Events

Colorado Baroque Chamber Orchestra | 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 13

The only professional orchestra of period instruments in the Rocky Mountain region presents ‘Cross-Currents’, weaving together baroque melodies from Latin America and Europe. New discoveries in Baroque music and traditional classics promise a unexpected and entertaining evening. ”

Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Christmas Stockings | 7:30 p.m., Saturday December 4; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday December 4 and 5

“Timothy P. Irvin returns to the stage with some of Colorado’s finest western, bluegrass and folk musicians playing entertaining arrangements of favorite holiday songs and original music. A Breathtaking Holiday Tradition!

Documentary by ETHEL | 7:30 p.m., Thursday February 17

“Performed with electrifying virtuosity by the indie-classical string quartet ETHEL, this multimedia concert mixes evocative images from the 1970s photographic archives commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency with the original music of some of today’s finest composers. hui for a meditation on America’s relationship to our land, our resources and ourselves.

TAKE3 | 7:30 p.m., Friday March 4

This crossover trio of violin, piano and cello, led by star violinist Lindsay Deutsch, challenge genres with a flair for the unexpected. With chops sharpened in the world’s best conservatories, these artists take audiences from Beethoven to Bieber with a rock star charisma for a contagious and down to earth performance. “

The Lao Tizer Quartet with Nelson Rangell | 7:30 p.m., Saturday March 12

“This quartet offers an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, funk and world rhythms. Led by keyboardist / songwriter and Boulder native Lao Tizer, the group includes extraordinary saxophonist / flautist Nelson Rangell, the phenomenon of drums Gene Coye and bass legend Ric Fierabracci. “

“1776” co-presented with Performance Now Theater Company | 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; March 18-April 3

“Witness the birth of a nation as our ancestors struggled to craft the Declaration of Independence. The flagship event in American history comes to life in this most beautiful and unconventional hit on Broadway.”

The Little Glories | 7:30 p.m., Thursday May 19

“Wailin ‘alumni Jennys, Cara Luft and JD Edwards, create a power roots duo that deliver rising and interwoven vocals with banjo, guitar and clip harmonica. This musical tour de force reflects life on the Canadian prairies in songs of love, loss and environmental struggles. “


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Chicago Opera Theater Presents Family Holiday Opera BECOME FATHER CHRISTMAS https://singcomusic.com/chicago-opera-theater-presents-family-holiday-opera-become-father-christmas/ https://singcomusic.com/chicago-opera-theater-presents-family-holiday-opera-become-father-christmas/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 02:18:56 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/chicago-opera-theater-presents-family-holiday-opera-become-father-christmas/ Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago’s largest contemporary and reinvented opera producer, continues its 2021-2022 season with the Chicago premiere of the seasonal treat, Becoming Santa Claus, in just three performances, on December 11, 17 and 19, at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, in the Fine Arts building. Released by the Dallas Opera with great […]]]>

Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago’s largest contemporary and reinvented opera producer, continues its 2021-2022 season with the Chicago premiere of the seasonal treat, Becoming Santa Claus, in just three performances, on December 11, 17 and 19, at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, in the Fine Arts building. Released by the Dallas Opera with great success in 2015, American composer Mark Adamo’s English-language opera receives an all-new production from the Chicago Opera Theater in what is sure to be a great time for opera lovers of all ages. .

“The Chicago Opera Theater is delighted to present the Father Christmas gem to audiences in Chicago.” According to COT’s Edlis Neeson Managing Director Ashley Magnus, “Brimming with holiday cheer and beautiful music, this is a great opera for the whole family, perfect for kids, newcomers and opera lovers. “.

In Mark Adamo’s acclaimed holiday opera, Become Santa, a snotty elf prince learns about family, love, and the true spirit of giving gifts. The 90-minute work without intermission is sung in English, with English surtitles.

“We continue to fulfill our mission of ensuring that Chicago has the chance to hear from the world’s most influential living composers,” said Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya. “A bombastic orchestra, colorful orchestrations, energetic choreography and a children’s bell choir will combine to bring the audience this magical story.”

Directed by Chicago Opera Theater Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, Becoming Santa Claus will be directed and choreographed by Kyle Lang for his COT debut. American tenor Martin Bakari will also make his COT debut, as Prince Claus, the young prince on the verge of becoming Santa Claus. He is joined by a talented cast consisting of mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen, regular COT mezzo-soprano Leah Dexter, tenor Justin Berkowitz, soprano Amy Owens, bass Matt Boehler and bass-baritone David Salsbery. Fry. The creative team behind this new production includes set designer Steven C. Kemp, lighting and projection designer Driscoll Otto and costume designer Brenda Winstead.

On Friday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m., COT’s Becoming Santa Claus cast members will preview their performance at the City of Chicago’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Millennium Park. For more information on the ceremony, visit www.chicago.gov

On Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m., the Chicago Opera Theater is teaming up with the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W 111th St. in Chicago, on Close-Up with Becoming Santa Claus, a free event that delves deeper into the play with composer Mark Adamo and featuring performance clips from the cast, hosted by the Beverly Arts Center.

Becoming Santa Claus will be performed at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, on Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 pm; Friday December 17 at 7:30 p.m .; and Sunday, December 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $ 45 and are on sale now at chicagooperatheater.org/season/santa

Save money by ordering a two-opera subscription package that includes tickets to Become Santa Claus as well as tickets to the world premiere of Quamino’s Map presented later in the season. Subscribers also have access to half-price tickets to The Beekeeper’s COT Vanguard performance. To order a subscription, visit chicagooperatheater.org/


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Saenger Theater reopens after hard rock collapse and COVID https://singcomusic.com/saenger-theater-reopens-after-hard-rock-collapse-and-covid/ https://singcomusic.com/saenger-theater-reopens-after-hard-rock-collapse-and-covid/#respond Sun, 07 Nov 2021 18:51:35 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/saenger-theater-reopens-after-hard-rock-collapse-and-covid/ Credit: Marielle Songy After the Hard Rock collapse and Covid forced the Saenger Theater to temporarily close, the theater is now reopened, with Broadway plays taking the stage in the months to come. The historic theater will host shows on its legendary stage in time for the holiday season. It’s another homecoming for the Saenger, […]]]>
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After the Hard Rock collapse and Covid forced the Saenger Theater to temporarily close, the theater is now reopened, with Broadway plays taking the stage in the months to come.

The historic theater will host shows on its legendary stage in time for the holiday season. It’s another homecoming for the Saenger, which has been no stranger to the changes. The Saenger Theater was designed by Emile Weil and built by Julian Saenger in 1927 for $ 2.5 million. The building was designed to resemble an Italian Baroque courtyard, and advertisements of the time described it as “an acre of seating in a garden of Florentine splendor”.

Since its inception, the Saenger has been sold and resold, refurbished, repaired and changed over time. In 1929, the theater was sold to Paramount Publix and operated successfully throughout the Great Depression. In 1933 it was converted into a theater of “talking pictures”.

In 1964, ABC Interstate Theaters divided the space into two different theaters – the upstairs theater was known as the SaengerOrleans. In 1978 it was sold for around $ 1 million to EB Breazeale, who spent an additional $ 3 million to convert it into a performing arts center. In 1985, the theater management team formed the Saenger Theater Partnership, Ltd., and purchased the theater from Breazeale.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded the basement of the theater and the orchestra’s seating area. The plan was to renovate the Saenger to its original glory using historical photos; However, the red tape left the theater untouched for years. While Saenger’s marquee was lit in October 2009, it wasn’t until 2013 that the theater reopened after a $ 53 million restoration.

The Saenger Theater is thrilled to welcome audiences once again for the 2021 Broadway season and has some fun lineup planned for the months to come.

Tootsie will take place at the Saenger from November 9 to 14, followed by To rent from November 26 to 28. From December 14 to 19 will take place Cats, and the Christmas season welcomes Nutcracker December 18 and 19 and Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony December 21.

As per the mandate established by the City of New Orleans, all customers aged 12 and over are required to show proof of at least one approved vaccination dose or negative PCR test within 72 hours of any event.


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