Monday, November 23, 2015

The Magical Music of Disney


The Magical Music of Disney

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November 28, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center
Stephen Squires, conductor
Thanksgiving weekend has a new tradition! After enjoying your Thanksgiving meal and hunting for bargains, bring the whole family to a magical event! Let the ESO take you to another time and place with the Magical Music of Disney!
Experience the Magical Music of Disney at this family-friendly concert – great for all ages. You’ll love every minute of this performance from the decorative lobby, to the Disney movie clips and the music from Disney movies – old and new! This concert will feature fun narration alongside the orchestra performing familiar Disney music. Kids are welcome to dress up in their favorite costume!
Enjoy film and music from: The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Lion King!

From Resident Conductor, Stephen Squires when asked what’s his favorite Disney film and what are his memories of the Walt Disney movies…
“My favorite Disney film is Mary Poppins. I distinctly remember my mother taking me to see it in the theaters when I was 9!Mary Poppins really made an impression on me – it was the first time I ever saw the mixture of live action with animation, and as a 9 year old I had an instant crust on Julie Andrews! All the rest of the Disney films tie for second. When my sons were a similar age, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin came out – I love all of that music!  And of course, Walt Disney talking on T.V. at the beginning of every Sunday night’s Disney T.V. show.”

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" at Lyric Opera of Chicago

by Alban Berg

In German with projected English title

Raw, powerful, and transformational in its emotional punch and musical form, Wozzeck is an opera that's meant to shake an audience to its core. Sir David McVicar makes his triumphant return to Lyric to deliver a heart-stopping new production of this 20th-century masterpiece.

Wozzeck, a poverty-stricken soldier, is working to support Marie and their young son, born out of wedlock. Mocked, discounted, and abused by his superiors, when he is cheated on by the only woman he loves, he finally snaps — driven to madness and murder. All that remains is a lonely little boy to remind the world that once there was a man named Wozzeck.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts a work he considers one of the most important pieces written in the 20th century, with a stellar cast that includes Tomasz Konieczny, a favored headliner all across Europe, and Angela Denoke, in one of her signature roles, "dramatically as well as vocally transcendent." Neue Z├╝rcher Zeitung


Performance running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no intermission) - See more at:

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