Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Two operas this weekend!

From Gisela Moffit:
Hi, this weekend we will experience comedy and/or tragedy.  So plan ahead so that you can see both. 

CMU's Opera Theatre will present Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" on Friday and Saturday (March 15/16) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building.  There is a double cast and you may want to go twice because each one has wonderful singers.  Cost is $ 7.00 for students and seniors and $ 10 for all others.  They are available at the Central Box Office, CMU Event Center at 989-774-3045, at the door or online at www.cmich.edu/ticketcentral.

As to the tragedy, the MET Live in HD will present Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesca da Rimini" on Saturday, March 16 at 12 (noon) at Celebration Theatre. This is a brand new production, the first in 27 years at the MET.  It is based on an episode in Dante's "Inferno" and stars the Dutch Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role who falls in love with Paolo sung by Marcello Giordani, but their love is doomed.  Running time is 240 minutes with 3 intermissions. 

New York Times music critic Steve Smith wrote, "From the moment the curtain rises you are awed by Ezio Frigerio's towering, grandly detailed sets, designed for a 1984 resurrection of a work neglected since 1918.  Franca Squarciapino's costumes delight your eyes.  Zandanai's luxuriously orchestrated music caresses your ears".  Looking forward to seeing you soon.  Gisela=

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March show at Art Reach

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From now through March 30 in the Art Reach Gallery "Food For Thought", an installation by Jacqueline Baerwald, will truly delight you. She is a painter, photographer, graphic designer, and mixed media designer. Baerwald received an Associate in Fine Arts degree from Delta Collage in 2011, graduating with Highest Honors and receiving the Peter B. and Suzanne Smith Frantz Art Award. Her work ranges widely in media but all stems out of an interest in the human condition. Food for Thought developed out of a desire to question what is fed to our minds, as individuals, as well as a society. Created entirely from recycled or reused materials, the underlying "food" themes were derived from society's impulsive consumption of entertainment, technology, and advertising. The artist states, "The table is full, the menu is enticing. In this fast-paced, fast-food society there is a need for reflection and real digestion. Come with an inquisitive appetite, it will be a feast for the eyes and mind". Please join us at a reception for this fine artist on Thursday, March 7 from 5 - 6:30 pm.