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A NIGHT of OPERA & OPERETTA FAVORITES: CBA SYMPHONY and CHORUS
St James Episcopal Cathedral
Chicago, IL
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A NIGHT of OPERA & OPERETTA FAVORITES: CBA SYMPHONY and CHORUS
Wed, May 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm
A Night of OPERA FAVORITES
CBA Symphony & CBA Chorus
David Katz, music director / Rebecca Patterson, chorus director

and welcoming winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance / Chicago Opera Award:

Christine Steyer, soprano (1st headshot at bottom)
William Bennett, tenor (2nd headshot)
Andrew Bawden, bass-baritone (3rd headshot)

Overture (Boccaccio)         Franz Von Suppe
A rollicking, tuneful overture, sure to become a favorite.

Yours in My Heart Alone  (Land of Smiles)            Franz Lehar
Prince Sou-Chong attempts to reassure his new wife Countess Lisa that she is his only heart's delight.
William Bennett, tenor  

Madamina! Il catalogo รจ questo (Don Giovanni)        W. A. Mozart
Don Giovanni has asked his servant Leporello to get rid of the pesky Donna Elvira, which he is happy to do by sharing the list he has authored of her husband's sordid and extensive conquests.
Andrew Bawden, bass-baritone

Vilja (The Merry Widow)                       Franz Lehar
The wealthy widow from Pontevedro, Hanna Glawari, entertains her foreign guests with a traditional song about a Vilja or magical woodcreature who enchants the hunters that encounter her.
   Christine Steyer, soprano

Introduction to Act I (Carmen)                    Georges Bizet
Some of the most famous music in all opera.

Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)                    Alexander Borodin
 The Polovtsian slaves entertain Prince Igor and Khan Konchak with songs and dances of praise.
 CBA Symphony & Chorus

INTERMISSION

ACT II

Una furtiva lagrima (The Elixir of Love)            Gaetano Donizetti
Believing that the magic love potion could actually work, Nemorino pours his heart out, thinking of when he will hold Adina in his arms.
   Mr. Bennett

Intermezzo (Carmen)                        Georges Bizet
   Judith Grubner, flute; John Vishneski, III, clarinet; David Perlman, harp

Un bel di (Madama Butterfly)                    Giacomo Puccini
It has been three years since Madame Butterfly's American sailor husband left her without a word.  As she looks over the Nagasaki harbor for his ship, she sings of her certainty in the day that he will return.
   Ms. Steyer

Humming Chorus (Madama Butterfly)                Giacomo Puccini
Seeing Pinkerton's ship, Butterfly waits for him throughout the entire night.
   CBA Symphony & Chorus

March (Carmen)                    George Bizet  
 
Non piu Andrai (Le Nozze di Figaro)                W. A. Mozart
When Count Almaviva consigns the amorous Cherubino to military duty, Figaro is there to tease the young lad with the joys and sorrows of a soldier's life.
   Mr. Bawden

Stamp Your Foot (The Tender Land)                Aaron Copland    
In the rural Midwest in the 1930s, a joyous country dance is held to celebrate Laurie's impending high school graduation.
   The Ensemble

FINALE

Promise of Living (The Tender Land)                Aaron Copland
A paean to the joy of life, of work, of the land, and of love.
   The Ensemble  

***

"An unprecedented double encore"
with apologies to W.S. Gilbert

Can-Can (Orpheus in the Underworld)                Jacques Offenbach

Va, Pensiero (Nabucco)                        Giuseppe Verdi
"Fly, thought, on wings of gold; go settle upon the slopes of our native land."

Location

St James Episcopal Cathedral (View)
65 E Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
United States


Categories

Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Music > Choral
Music > Classical
Music > Symphony

Minimum Age: 10
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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