Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Opera and philharmonic merge for an exciting new season

The Sacramento Opera and Sacramento Philharmonic, newly merged as Two in Tune under the umbrella corporation, Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance (SRPAA), announce their first joint season.

Beginning on Aug. 11, the Opera and Philharmonic will present a unique and diverse program, encompassing mainstage opera and symphonic concerts, musical events for children and families, cutting-edge Satellite Series concerts, and educational and community engagement programming.

“We are very proud and excited to present the fruits of this complex and long-awaited merger process to the Sacramento community,” said Rob Tannenbaum, the incoming general director of the SRPAA. “With this 2013-14 season we are committed to beginning a new era for both the opera and the philharmonic, combining first-class professional classical music performances with new organizational structures designed to secure both companies’ long-term futures.”


Mainstage performances

The Sacramento Philharmonic begins its mainstage season on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 and 8 p.m. with a Sacramento Philharmonic Pops Concert, “Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience,” at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. Featuring Sylvia McNair, soprano, and conducted by Music Director Michael Morgan, it is a quintessentially American musical experience.

The glorious music and unforgettable lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin are the toast of the town in this fascinating multi-media concert, featuring rare family archival materials and many Gershwin hits from “I Got Rhythm” to “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The mainstage season continues with the Sacramento Opera’s International Stars of Opera Recital on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. One of the most acclaimed singers of our time, soprano Ruth Ann Swenson, and renowned Met tenor Frank Lopardo join for a “surprising” and lyrical concert of favorite Italian and French opera arias and duets set in the classic Art Deco Crest Theatre. Swenson has mesmerized audiences on two continents with her spectacular coloratura voice. Lopardo has graced the stage of the Metropolitan Opera over 180 times as well as the Royal Opera House, Vienna State Opera and Glyndebourne Opera Festival. Mark Robson accompanies on the piano.

The next season offering is a Sacramento Philharmonic Classical Concert, “Traditionally Modern,” on Saturday, Jan.11, at 8 p.m. at the Community Center Theater, with Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin and Michael Morgan, conductor.

The beautiful traditions of the symphony orchestra meet one of today’s newest voices in a concert of classical grandeur combined with a contemporary cutting edge. Sensational new media violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (better known as DBR) has audiences young and old leaping to their feet across the country and over the Web with the astonishing originality of his music and performances.

On Friday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m., Sacramento Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece “Il Trovatore” at the Community Center Theater. A curse, a duel, a passionate love duet – and that’s just the first act. A powerful spectacle of vocal fireworks, including the famous Anvil Chorus, Verdi’s bold and twisted tale of love, vengeance and gypsy fires never fails to excite the senses and ignite the emotions. The stellar international cast features soprano Lisa Daltirus, whose “exquisite” voice possesses “a tangible electricity,” Tichina Vaughn, an Azucena of “great bravura” and tenor Arnold Rawls, who stepped into the role of Manrico for an indisposed Marcello Alvarez mid-performance at the Met for a once-in-a-lifetime triumph.

The mainstage season ends with a Sacramento Philharmonic Classical Concert, “Violin Magic,” on Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.  at the Community Center Theater. Sacramento favorite Rachel Barton Pine returns for a performance of Glazunov’s lyrical and demanding Violin Concerto, a rare opportunity to hear this magnificent Russian work and Dvořák’s formidable symphony No.7 in D minor.


Events for children and families

The Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento Philharmonic begin the 2013-14 season with a co-produced family program, “The Bremen Town Musicians” and “WolfGANG! Peter and the Wolf,” on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 1:30 and 3 p.m. at Fairytale Town at William Land Park.

Can there be a more magical place to introduce your children to the thrilling world of opera than Sacramento’s Fairytale Town? “The Bremen Town Musicians” enter the enchanting world of the Brothers Grimm, with an important message, through the music of Offenbach, Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi. Then “WolfGANG!,” Sacramento Philharmonic’s superb woodwind ensemble, performs Prokofiev’s delightful “Peter and the Wolf,” narrated by Education Director Julian Dixon. Smiles are guaranteed with this charming musical gift for youngsters of all ages.

On Saturday, June 21 at 1 and 3 p.m. and Sunday, June 22 at 1 p.m., Sacramento Opera presents a family opera by Robert Xavier Rodriquez, “Monkey See, Monkey Do,” at the Setzer Foundation Auditorium at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Sacramento.

Audiences of all ages will love this captivating chamber opera based on a Mexican folk tale and inspired by the vibrant traditions of mariachi music. One of the most popular contemporary operas in America, “Monkey See, Monkey Do” paints a colorful picture of Mexican village life with a time-honored moral. Sung in English and Spanish to a scintillating score by American composer Robert Xavier Rodriquez, families can make a day of it and visit the galleries of Sacramento’s beloved Crocker Art Museum.


Sacramento Philharmonic’s satellite series

Sacramento Philharmonic’s new satellite series goes to the most unusual locations in the Sacramento region with cutting-edge programming and first-class artists to prove that classical music can be a hit anywhere. Whether you want to hear striking contemporary compositions, an interesting classical/jazz/rock cross-over program, or find out what musical trends are coming out of the Middle East, a satellite series concert will open up the world of classical music for you in a new and exciting way. The first satellite series concert, Old World/New World takes place at Assembly, 1000 K St., on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

A virtuoso violinist and brilliant cellist walk into a nightclub … that’s not the start of an old joke. When Rachel Barton Pine and Mike Block take the stage at Sacramento’s state-of-the-art performance venue, it is roof-raising performance art. Pine, whose jaw-dropping performances with Sacramento Philharmonic are treasured by thousands, and Block, whom Yo-Yo Ma hailed as “the ideal musician of the 21st Century,” come together for a concert blending the traditional with rock for the ages, from Bach and Bartok to Led Zeppelin and Metallica. Not for the faint of heart but for the adventurous of spirit. The intimate venue also offers libations and food on request.


Educational and community engagement programming

With the merger of the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Sacramento Opera, the 2013-14 season brings the excitement and anticipation of a new start for our community engagement and education programs. By harnessing the richness of these two great art forms we are exploring new ways to reach and deepen our connection to the community, along with many new and cherished partners, including Fairytale Town, the Crocker Art Museum and Sacramento State.

Plans for the 2013-14 and future seasons include:

Opera on the Go — Bringing mini-operatic favorites out into the community, up close and personal.

Philharmonic’s Satellite Series — Satellite performances of interesting musical works, in new alternative venues throughout the area, in search of new audiences.

Philharmonic’s Musicians on the Move — Programs designed to give a live instrumental concert experience to young audiences by offering performances on-site or at performing arts venues,presenting favorites such as Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, or specialized family-friendly programs.

Sacramento Youth Opera and Sacramento Opera Studio — Programs designed to train and support young singers who aspire to become the next generation of professional performing artists, as well as producing operatic works especially for young audiences.

A Link Up with the Philharmonic — A national partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings a special hands-on music curriculum to participating Link Up schools. The year-round program closes with a spectacular final concert, where the participating third to fifth graders sing and play recorders or violins with the orchestra from their seats.

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