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May 3, 2017

Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra Presents the World's Greatest Opera Choruses

Enjoy the season’s finale concert Saturday, May 13th as the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with vocal soloist Laquita Mitchell, celebrate the world’s greatest opera choruses. Dr. Kevin McMahon, Music Director and Conductor, stated.“The May concert of the SSO follows a long historical tradition of presenting full musicals and operas, as well as operatic excerpt programs.  Due to the enthusiastic response to last Spring's season closing concert, we are offering another program of great operatic music.”  

Kevin Brochure1Act One begins with a flourish as McMahon cue’s the orchestra to Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni. Subsequent works include Mozart’s Crudele, ah no, mio bene/Non mi dirfrom Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Intermezzo from Act III from Manon Lescaut, Puccini’s Vissi d’arte from Tosca, Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Quando M’en vo from La Boheme.

Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco leads off Act Two. Other selections include Verdi’s Va pensiero from Nabucco, Donizetti’s Per te d’immenso giubilo from Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti’s  D’immenso giubilo from Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi’s legendary Triumphal March and Ballet Music from Aida.

Act III commences with Wagner’s stately Dawn andSiegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung. The Orchestra and Chorus will present Verdi’s renowned La Traviata, Prelude to Act I, Noi siamo zingarelle, Coro di Mattadori Spagnuoli, and Prelude to Act III. The evening caps off with Boito’s Prologo in Cielo from Mefistofeles.

LaquitaMitchell 2Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim in eminent opera companies throughout North America and Europe. In a recent role as Violetta in La Traviata with the New York City Opera, she was labeled “extraordinary,” thanks to her “wide expressive range and big-hearted sound that contains just a hint of sexy smokiness.  Her performance in “Sempre libera” was enlivened by a rhythmic clarity that made it seem almost danceable.”

The Sheboygan Symphony Chorus, a talented group of friends, neighbors and colleagues, completes the experience and brings magic to the Weill Center stage.  The May 13th Concert will feature the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus performing Verdi’s Va pensierofrom Nabucco , Boito’s Prologo in Cielo from Mefistofeles  along with other great opera choruses. This artistic group of singers, which includes many of the original members today, was formed in 1994 to collaborate with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra.

 

Eighth Notes

  1. The concert is Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. 

  2. Tickets are available for the May 13th concert. Prices are $39, $35, $30, and $15 for students. Tickets are available from the Symphony Office at 920- 452-1985 or the Weill Center ticket office at 920-208-3243. Tickets are also available in the box office two hours prior to concert.

  3. This concert is generously sponsored by Sargento and Vollrath.

The Interludes Pre-Concert talk begins at 6:15 pm. It is a free event for concert ticket holders. Space is limited, and an R.S.V.P is required. For more information call 920-452-1985 or email vicki@sheboygansymphony.org

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