For Immediate Release
April 19, 2013
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Brockport, NY – Opera. Just the word can sometimes be intimidating. Brian Clickner, director of the Brockport College-Community Chorus, is on a mission to lessen the public’s anxiety about some of the most beautiful, soaring music in the world. On Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 7:30 pm, the Chorus will present “A Night at the Opera” at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. All tickets are $8 and are available by phone at (585) 395-2787 or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office.
Yes, there will be operatic arias and ensembles on the program. But there will also be selections from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, including the popular “Poor Wand’ring One,” and a healthy dose of musical theatre that aspires to opera — how could you have a program called “A Night at the Opera” and not include a certain Phantom? For rock fans, there will even be a special surprise from an album featuring the title of the concert, about which “Mercurial” audiences will be “rhapsodic.”
Those attending will immediately feel comfortable when they hear the first selection: the “Overture” from Rossini’s opera, William Tell. Of course, most of us know this piece better as the theme from The Lone Ranger. As played by the Brockport Xylophone Ensemble, under the direction of Natalie Sarrazin, it is one of the ways that Clickner has sought to lighten the evening, and make opera slightly more accessible. Using a fairly broad definition of the evening’s theme and casting a wide net for repertoire, Clickner also includes a sly wink to the Marx Brothers, who appeared in a movie titled A Night at the Opera. At the climax of the film, the soprano and tenor, who have had to endure all sorts of hijinks on their way to this moment, are set to sing in a performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. The Brockport concert will feature that works’ “Anvil Chorus,” which is also very well known out of context, from sports stadiums to Heineken commercials. “Opera is everywhere, and too few people realize that. This is an opportunity to hear — live — some favorites and some music from operas that perhaps you didn’t know you knew,” says Clickner
For more information: www.brockport.edu/finearts or on Facebook.
Image: The Brockport College-Community Chorus will perform “A Night at the Opera” at The College at Brockport on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 7: 30 pm. Call (585) 395-2787 for tickets.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
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