Your First Look At The 2019-20 Nashville Symphony Classical Series

February 8, 2019 – Nashville Public Radio
The upcoming 2019-20 Nashville Symphony Classical Series will highlight the talent of featured soloists…
RACHMANINOFF'S THE BELLS Nov. 21-23, 2019 
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Paul Jacobs, organ; Nashville Symphony Chorus 
  • Vaughan Williams — Serenade to Music 
  • Parker — Organ Concerto in E-flat minor  (Live Recording) 
  • Rachmaninoff — The Bells 
  • Read More...

    …Gala Piano Concert with Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal — Oracle Center for the Arts, 700 E. Kingston St., Oracle. Pianist. 4-6 p.m. Feb. 16. $35. 1-623-295-9677. oraclepianosociety.org…
    Read More...

    MY NEW YORK STORY: Misha Dichter

    February 2019 – New York Lifestyles
    Misha Dichter is that rare musician who’d rather play in his head than perform on stage. “It almost feels like an intrusion,” says the celebrated pianist, who has called New York home for over 50 years. “I’m constantly asking questions. ‘Why did the composer do this?’ ‘How do I make his intentions sound clearer?’ ‘How can I make it easier?’ As soon as the concert is over, I have to find a more interesting way of performing.”
    That’s not to say he doesn’t enjoy it. “I love the idea of letting people hear everything I’ve found to be wonderful pieces,” he says, “but it’s such a pleasure for me to be spending time with these great composers every day.”
    It’s certainly paid off. The musician, who made a much-lauded return to the stage at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall last year after recovering from a debilitating disease of the hands, has enjoyed a storied career since he won the Silver Medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. At the time he was still a student at the Juilliard School. Since then Dichter has performed and recorded with many of the world’s most esteemed conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Kiril Kondrashin, Erich Leinsdorf, Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, Eugene Ormandy, Gerard Schwarz, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman, among many others…
    Read More...

    April 24-25, 2020 • Beethoven 2020: “Pastoral” Symphony (Masterworks Series) • Thierry Fischer, conductor; Paul Jacobs, organ; Jason Hardink, piano (Messiaen) • Handel: Organ Concerto No. 13 “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale”; Barber: Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra; Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”; Messiaen: “The Mockingbird” from “Des canyons aux étoiles.”
    Read More...

    WQXR host Terrance McKnight [named one of Musical America’s 2019 Top Professionals] launched his “Only at Merkin” series on February 2, with a 75th birthday tribute to pianist and intrepid interpreter Ursula Oppens…Oppens was well feted, gifted onstage at the end of the program with dozens of roses in a beautiful vase and served with an enormous cake at a post-concert reception.
    And Oppens, sporting glinting, flashy sandals that accentuated her otherwise black concert attire, worked hard for the accolades. She first gave the premiere of Tobias Picker’s URSULA (2018), a dazzling showcase described by the composer as a “very short piece with very many notes.” It is based on the opening measures of When Soft Voices Die, one of the Picker compositions Oppens premiered at the start of their 40-year association; she has since programmed and recorded his complete piano works…
    Read More...

    Utah Symphony Announces 2019-20 Season

    February 5, 2019 – Broadway World Classical
    Music Director Thierry Fischer and President & CEO Paul Meecham today announced the Utah Symphony's 2019-20 season…
    Guest soloists during the 2019-20 season include…organist Paul Jacobs in Handel's Organ Concerto No. 13 ( The Cuckoo and the Nightingale ) and Barber's Toccata Festiva on April 24 and 25 [conducted by Thierry Fischer]…
    Read More...

    The WA Concert Series, led by world-renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich, will present its fourth program of the 2018-19 season on Saturday evening, February 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute (43a W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011). Entitled "Old is New," this program is developed in collaboration with the violinist and historical instrument specialist Cynthia Roberts, featuring works by Handel, Mozart, and Bernhard Crusell performed on historical instruments. In addition to Ms. Roberts, Mr. Neidich will be heard partnered with his wife and musical collaborator, clarinetist/bass clarinetist Ayako Oshima; William Purvis, French horn; violinist Chloe Fedor; violist Edson Sheid; and cellist Madeline Bouissou.
    Read More...

    Wa Concert Series: Old is New

    February 4, 2019 – Bachtrack
    Tenri Cultural Institute
    On Saturday 23 February 2019 at 19:30
    PROGRAMME
    Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759): Fitzwilliam Overture in D major, HWV 424       
    Crusell, Bernhard Henrik (1775-1838): Clarinet Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, Op.2     
    Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581             
    PERFORMERS
    Charles Neidich Clarinet
    Cynthia Roberts Violin
    Ayako Oshima   Clarinet
    William Purvis   Conductor
    Chloe Fedor       Baroque Violin
    Edson Scheid     Baroque Violin
    Madeleine Bouissou      Baroque Cello
    Read More...

    Trio Arabica Joins Tafelmusik For TALES OF TWO CITIES

    February 4, 2019 – Broadway World Pennsylvania
    Tafelmusik's groundbreaking multimedia fusion of Saxon and Arabic music, Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, returns to Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre under the direction of Elisa Citterio from February 21 to 24, 2019, before embarking on a six-city tour of the United States.

    Inspired by the opulent world of 18th-century Saxon and Syrian coffee houses, Tales of Two Cities is performed entirely from memory by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with narration by actor Alon Nashman. In addition to music by European baroque composers such as Telemann, Handel, and Bach, audiences will hear classical Arabic music performed by Trio Arabica-Maryem Tollar, voice and qanun; Demetri Petsalakis, oud; and Naghmeh Farahmand, percussion. Complete program details are available at tafelmusik.org.
    Read More...

    The WA Concert Series, led by world-renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich, will present its fourth program of the 2018-19 season on Saturday evening, February 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute (43a W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011). Entitled "Old is New," this program is developed in collaboration with the violinist and historical instrument specialist Cynthia Roberts, featuring works by Handel, Mozart, and Bernhard Crusell performed on historical instruments. In addition to Ms. Roberts, Mr. Neidich will be heard partnered with his wife and musical collaborator, clarinetist/bass clarinetist Ayako Oshima; William Purvis, French horn; violinist Chloe Fedor; violist Edson Sheid; and cellist Madeline Bouissou.
    Read More...

    Cheers and premieres to toast Ursula Oppens at 75

    February 3, 2019 – New York Classical Review
    If that big box with the hammers and strings inside is a living instrument of today and not a museum piece, Ursula Oppens can claim a sizable share of the credit.
    For roughly half a century, this New York-born pianist has been the working composer’s best friend, relentless in her quest for new piano music of quality and brilliant in her advocacy of it, both at the keyboard and on organization boards.
    Merkin Concert Hall was packed Saturday night with her friends and admirers for a celebration of the pianist’s 75th birthday on its exact date. But there would be no sitting back and basking in the occasion for the hard-working artist, who played most of the program herself, including two world premieres and two other pieces composed for her…
    Read More...

    Paul Jacobs The Grammy-winning organist plays works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Ives and John Weaver in recital. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $20-$60. (323) 850-2000.
    Read More...

    American Pianist Jason Hardink Performs Works by Jason Eckardt, Debussy, Xenakis, Liszt, and Messiaen.
    The Key Pianists Series, founded in 2015 by Terry Eder, will present pianist Jason Hardink in an unusually rich and challenging program of 20th-century works, complemented by selections from Liszt's Études d'exécution transcendante, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tuesday evening, February 26, 2019, at 8 pm. Reviewing Mr. Hardink for ConcertoNet Harry Rolnick wrote: "a pianist of such extraordinary power-and memory-that he is difficult to forget" (December 14, 2015).
    Read More...

    Classical review: RPO with Jon Nakamatsu

    February 1, 2019 – Rochester City Newspaper
    The ability to program an interesting concert is one of the less-celebrated weapons in a conductor's arsenal. On Thursday night, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Ward Stare's programming was inspired. The conductor paired Rachmaninoff's "The Isle of the Dead" - Russian late-Romanticism par excellence - with the work that is still the coolest kid in the modernist class, Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."
    These two works indeed have almost nothing in common, but they did bookend an engrossing concert. Add in a favorite soloist, pianist Jon Nakamatsu, in a delightful performance of Beethoven's Second Concerto, and you have quite a satisfying menu…
    Read More...

    American Pianist Jason Hardink Performs Works by Jason Eckardt, Debussy, Xenakis, Liszt, and Messiaen.
    The Key Pianists Series, founded in 2015 by Terry Eder, will present pianist Jason Hardink in an unusually rich and challenging program of 20th-century works, complemented by selections from Liszt's Études d'exécution transcendante, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tuesday evening, February 26, 2019, at 8 pm. Reviewing Mr. Hardink for ConcertoNet Harry Rolnick wrote: "a pianist of such extraordinary power-and memory-that he is difficult to forget" (December 14, 2015).
    Read More...

    Tchaikovsky's Fifth

    February 1, 2019 – The Cleveland Scene
    When: Thu., March 14
    Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 is the centerpiece of tonight’s Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Hall. But that’s not the only piece you’ll hear at the concert. Organist Paul Jacobs has been invited to appear as a soloist and will give the highly anticipated American premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Okeanos, Concerto for organ and orchestra. Tonight’s performance begins at 7:30, and concerts are scheduled through Sunday. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for times and ticket prices. (Niesel)
    Read More...

    Things to do around Rochester from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

    January 31, 2019 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
    1. The RPO with pianist Jon Nakamatsu
    Jon Nakamatsu performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Thursday, Jan. 31, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. (Photo: JEN RYNDA)
    The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Ward Stare, presents Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The concerts will begin with Jon Nakamatsu performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19. The program also includes Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead. Tickets are $24 to $106.
    Read More...

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Trio Arabica — in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Schwab Auditorium — will take listeners back to 1740, when coffee houses were the places to listen to music and share stories in both the famous trading centers of Leipzig and in the ancient city of Damascus.
    The visual splendor, music and stories of the historic German and Syrian locations come to life in “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House.” Tafelmusik will perform Baroque selections by J. S. Bach, George Frideric Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann, while Trio Arabica — an ensemble featuring vocals, percussion, oud (a lute-like instrument) and qanum (a stringed instrument) — intersperses Middle Eastern music…
    Read More...

    Critic’s Choice

    January 30, 2019 – New York Classical Review
    Ursula Oppens has, for decades, been one of the essential pianists in contemporary classical music. More than presenting and interpreting the repertoire, Oppens has been a partner in creating new works with some of the greatest composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Elliott Carter and Fred Rzewski.
    Oppens turns 75 on Saturday and her career will be celebrated at Merkin Concert Hall in a concert that puts the pianist and her collaborations front and center. The evening will be hosted by WQXR radio personality Terrance McKnight, and Oppens will be joined by her frequent performing partner, the Cassatt String Quartet. Together they will premiere a piano quintet by Laura Kaminsky (the Cassatt will also play Ravel’s String Quartet).
    This is the kind of birthday party where the guests will receive the most substantial gift, the opportunity to hear Oppens play some of the music written for her—not only earlier works from Carter and John Corigliano, but another world premiere, this one composed expressly for her by Tobias Picker.
    Read More...

    Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs has been invited to appear as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, to give the highly anticipated American premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch's Okeanos, Concerto for organ and orchestra. Performances are slated for Thursday evening, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm; Friday evening, March 15, 2019 at 8 pm; Saturday evening, March 16, 2019 at 8 pm; and Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2019 at 3 pm at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106…
    Read More...

    CLASSICAL | RPO with Jon Nakamatsu

    January 30, 2019 – Rochester City Newspaper
    Music Director Ward Stare returns to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra podium this week with an unusually substantial program, the first of several coming up this year. After Vadym Kholodenko's appearance earlier this month, you can hear another of the RPO's favorite guests, Jon Nakamatsu, performing Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto. This is probably the least-played but also the most charming of Beethoven's five piano concertos. Bookending the Beethoven are Rachmaninoff's impressively gloomy tone poem "The Isle of the Dead" and Stravinsky's eternally provocative "The Rite of Spring." This whole program is so rich, you may want to hear it twice.
    Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents "Nakamatsu + Stravinksy's Rite of Spring" on Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m., at Eastman Theatre's Kodak Hall. $24-$106. 454-2100. rpo.orgjonnakamatsu.com.
    Read More...

    Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs has been invited to appear as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, to give the highly anticipated American premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch's Okeanos, Concerto for organ and orchestra. Performances are slated for Thursday evening, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm; Friday evening, March 15, 2019 at 8 pm; Saturday evening, March 16, 2019 at 8 pm; and Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2019 at 3 pm at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106…
    Read More...

    Tchaikovsky's Fifth

    January 26, 2019 – Bachtrack
    Severance Hall
    11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
    Cleveland, Ohio, 11001, United States
    March 14 19:30, March 15 20:00, March 16 20:00, March 17 15:00
    PROGRAMME
    Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)                      Symphony no. 34 in D minor
    Deutsch, Bernd Richard (b. 1977)             Okeanos (US première)
    Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)     Symphony no. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
    PERFORMERS
    Paul Jacobs                                              Organ
    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welzer-Möst                                   Conductor
    Read More...

    Ursula Oppens

    January 25, 2019 – The New Yorker
    To mark her seventy-fifth birthday, the pianist Ursula Oppens is throwing a party and inviting her friends. Nothing unusual—except that Oppens, an inveterate champion of new music, will spend her fête onstage, and those friends (all fellow New Yorkers) are represented by pieces that they wrote for her. The program, which includes two world premières, opens with three solo works: first, “Ursula,” a celebratory dedication by Tobias Picker, and then two opulently spiky pieces, “Two Diversions,” by Elliott Carter, and John Corigliano’s “Winging It, No. 3.” The Cassatt Quartet takes the spotlight to play Ravel’s String Quartet, before joining Oppens in a new piano quintet by Laura Kaminsky. — Fergus McIntosh
    Read More...

    Norman Krieger, who earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Juilliard, can’t exactly be considered a stranger to New York, but he hasn’t played here in some years, focussing on his native Southern California, where he was a professor at the Thornton School of Music at USC between 1997 and 2016. He was appointed Professor of Piano at the distinguished Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana. Successful appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series have lured him back to New York, and that’s a good thing. On this occasion Terry Eder’s Key Pianists series sponsored the recital. An outstanding pianist herself, Terry Eder founded the series to give important players, much admired by their colleagues, more exposure among the general public. I have yet to attend any of these recitals that I did not thoroughly enjoy…
    Read More...

    Daniel Ciobanu, a young Romanian pianist, who crowned a dense series of piano competitions extending over several years, in which he won several first prizes, with a silver medal and audience favorite award at the Rubinstein Piano Competition in 2017. A spectacular virtuoso technique was one to the qualities, still hot from the pan, he brought along to Weill from the competition. He made no attempt to conceal this, but never for one moment did he take his mind off the musical essence of the works he played…
    Read More...

    5 Questions to Ursula Oppens (pianist) on her 75th Birthday

    January 23, 2019 – I Care If You Listen
    You can’t tread very far into the world contemporary classical music without coming across legendary pianist Ursula Oppens. Her wide-reaching commissioning efforts have produced not just a high volume of works, but keystones of the modern piano repertoire by composers such as John Adams, Elliott Carter, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Joan Tower, and Charles Wuorinen, to name a few. On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Oppens comes to Merkin Hall for a 75th Birthday Tribute concert hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. The evening features works by composers with whom she has had a longstanding partnership, such as Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, and Tobias Picker (world premiere). The program also features Ravel’s String Quartet and a piano quintet by Laura Kaminsky (world premiere), for which the Cassatt String Quartet joins Oppens.
    Read More...

    Christoph Denoth: Tanguero

    January 23, 2019 – WFMT Classical, New Releases with Lisa Flynn
    Guitarist Christoph Denoth presents a new album of works inspired by South America, centered on the iconic tango. The continent of South America, with its diverse countries and various lines of historical development, has stimulated the creation of many musical traditions. The guitar has a central part to play as a national instrument in all South American countries. This collection (titled “Tanguero,” describing one who sings or dances the tango) brings together many of the styles and genres of that vast continent in a colorful blend of melodies, rhythms, and harmonies.
    Read More...

    Nakamatsu Steps In With Escher Quartet

    January 22, 2019 – San Francisco Classical Voice
    What does a string quartet ensemble do when one of its violinists is unavailable for a tour date? The most practical answer is for the remaining three to look through the string trio literature for something else to play…
    The three [remaining Escher] quartet members also had a secret weapon with which to enlarge their repertoire. This was pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who frequently appears in local concert programs. With him, the ensemble was equipped to play piano quartets, and they filled the rest of the concert with two masterworks of that form: Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493, and Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25…
    Read More...

    Jon Nakamatsu at Trianon Theatre

    January 16, 2019 – Metro Active
    The San Jose Chamber Music Society presents its first concert of the year—a pair of piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms, plus a string trio by Ernst von Dohnanyi featuring Escher Quartet members and acclaimed local pianist Jon Nakamatsu. In 1997, the St. Francis High School graduate took home the gold medal from the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He was the first American to take home the gold since Andre-Michel Schub claimed the prize back in 1981.
    Read More...

    Soundcheck: A chat with pianist Misha Dichter

    January 16, 2019 – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
    Misha Dichter likens piano performance over decades to being a scientist.
    “You keep going back to what is given and asking and asking and asking,” he said in a phone interview last week.
    I spoke to Dichter while he was sitting in his library in Manhattan, the top shelves filled with music he feels he has yet to work through.
    Read More...

    IN SEARCH OF SWEET SOUNDS

    January 10, 2019 – Infodad
    Tanguero: Music from South America. Christoph Denoth, guitar. Signum Classics. $17.99…
    The word “tanguero” means “one who sings or dances the tango,” and although neither Christoph Denoth’s voice nor his feet may be heard on a new Signum Classics CD, his sense of song and dance rhythms is everywhere present… Denoth, who is Swiss, shows considerable sensitivity to the ways in which South American dance forms, broadly defined, explore and interpenetrate European norms in the classical-music field. There is actually little on the CD that is new, whether arranged for guitar or written for it: Denoth appears more interested in presenting a carefully arranged and thoughtful program than in offering anything truly revelatory. So listeners interested in tango have likely heard El choclo by Ángel Villoldo, La Cumparsita by Gerardo Motos Rodriguez, Sueño de barrilete byEladia Blázquez, Sons de Carrilhões João by Teixeira Guimarães de Pernambuco, Se ela perguntar by Dilermando Reis, Te vas milongaby Abel Fleury, Milonga by Ernest Cordero, and Violetas by Julio Sagreras – or at least some of these. Familiar or unfamiliar, though, all the works share a folkloric background to which the composers in their own ways have applied rhythmic changes, traditional variation form, extended harmonies, and other techniques common to classical music. By bringing these elements to the forefront while performing the pieces with sensitivity, Denoth offers tango lovers – especially those of a refined and perhaps somewhat academic bent – a fascinating exploration of the ways in which simple dance forms have evolved into something more complex and of greater emotional depth.
    Read More...

    Clarinets and Piano at the Fore With the San José Chamber Orchestra

    January 8, 2019 – San Francisco Classical Voice
    The tiny stage of the Trianon Theatre was packed with concerto soloists at the conclusion of the San José Chamber Orchestra concert on Sunday. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and father-and-son clarinetists Jon and Alec Manasse returned to the stage to play together in a specially commissioned encore piece to celebrate their all having played full concertos earlier on.
    Nakamatsu, always up for appearing in small-scale concerts when he’s at home in the South Bay, had performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Jon Manasse played Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, written for Benny Goodman, and was joined by his son Alec for a little-known Mendelssohn work for two clarinets.
    In such a small venue as the Trianon, Nakamatsu kept a soft and gentle touch on a full-sized Steinway for his Beethoven, with occasional excursions into reasonable fortes. He played with pure evenly-paced lyricism in the first movement’s second theme and in the Andante. Clouds of furry overtones rose from light and tripping runs of notes. A pianist as great as Nakamatsu will always give a fine performance, no matter how restricted the setting.
    Read More...

    Classical music lovers can now take another little piece of the Utah Symphony home with them.
    Last Friday, the Salt Lake-based symphony orchestra released the first compact disc of a planned three-volume set featuring the works of French composer Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). When all three volumes are released, later this year, it will mark the first complete commercial recording of the composer's five symphonies by an American orchestra…
    The first volume of Saint-Saens' work includes Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), featuring Paul Jacobs; "Danse Bacchanale" from Act III of the "Samson et Dalila" opera; and Trois tableax symphoniques d'apres La foi, based on the composer's incidental music for a play by Eugene Brieux.
    Read More...

    AMORE AND MORE AMORE

    January 2, 2019 – Voce di Meche
    We enjoyed Amore Opera's La Bohème so much that we returned for the New Year's Eve Gala, eager to see how the work held up with a different cast. Although vocal artistry is the most important aspect, it certainly doesn't hurt to have a Rodolfo who looks like a young poet. 
    Tenor Thomas Massey convincingly portrayed youthful high spirits in Act I, a lovesick poet in Act II, a troubled young man in Act III (breaking up is hard to do) and an anguished sufferer in Act IV. With superlative vocalism and Italianate phrasing, his performance added a great deal to the evening…As his Mimi, Michelle Pretto's generous soprano and winsome presence made her a fine romantic partner. Elisabeth Slaten did well as the flirtatious Musetta.
    A major highlight was hearing Nathan Hull (President and Stage Director) sing the "Mikado's Aria" from the eponymous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Mr. Hull, as we know from his writing for Scrooge, has a real feel for G&S, as do we. His delivery was a source of not-so-innocent merriment.
    Read More...

      HOME
    NEWS
    ABOUT US
    ROSTER
    CONTACT