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ATLANTA OPERA CHORUS OPENS ATLANTA OPERA’S 2014-15 SEASON
IN CELEBRATION OF CHORUS MASTER WALTER HUFF’S 25TH YEAR
Friday, September 12 at 8 PM, and Sunday, September 14 at 3 PM,
at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Tuesday, September 16 at 8 PM,
at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center
The three concerts feature the powerfully moving voice of the acclaimed Atlanta Opera Chorus, conducted by Maestro Huff and accompanied by pianist Brian Eads.
Sopranos Leah Partridge
and Indra Thomas
, tenors Victor Ryan Robertson
and Timothy Miller
, and special guests William Fred Scott
and Lois Reitzes
join the chorus for selections of well-known masterpieces by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Britten, and Glass, among others. The evening will include performances of “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco
, the Cigarette Chorus from Bizet’s Carmen
, the Brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata
, the Moon Chorus from Puccini’s Turandot
, the Easter Chorus from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana
, and the final chorus from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess
The performances will take place on Friday, September 12, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 14, at 3 p.m., at Emory University’s Schwartz Center
, and Tuesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center
Tickets for the Friday, September 12, and Sunday, September 14, concerts at Emory University are $40; discount category members $32 (Emory students $10 Friday performance only). For tickets and information please call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050 or visit arts.emory.edu
Tickets for the Tuesday, September 16 concert at Kennesaw State University are $15-55 and go on sale Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM. For more information and tickets, visit arts.kennesaw.edu
Production Images are available upon request
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EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
Choral Silver Celebration: An Evening of Great Operatic Choruses
Walter Huff, chorus master and conductor
Rolando Salazar, assistant chorus master
Brian Eads, pianist
Friday, September 12 at 8 p.m
Sunday, September 14 at 3 p.m.
Emory University’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Atlanta Opera Chorus assisted by Georgia State University Chamber Singers
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center
Atlanta Opera Chorus assisted by Kennesaw State University Chamber Singers & Men's Ensemble
In celebration of Chorus Master Walter Huff’s 25 years with the company, The Atlanta Opera presents a concert of masterpieces spanning 300 years of operatic choral repertoire, including well-known selections by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Britten, and Glass, among others. Each performance features the powerfully moving voice of the acclaimed Atlanta Opera Chorus, conducted by Maestro Huff and accompanied by pianist Brian Eads.
“Fuoco di gioia” from Otello
“Brindisi” from La Traviata
“Placido e il mar” from Idomeneo
Bell Chorus from Pagliacci
“Zitti, ziti” from Rigoletto
Cigarette Chorus from Carmen
“Va, pensiero” from Nabucco
Psalm 104 from Akhnaten
Pilgrims’ Chorus from Tannhäuser
“Moon Chorus” from Turandot
“Who Holds Himself Apart” from Peter Grimes
“Oh Lord, I’m on My Way” from Porgy and Bess
“Inneggiamo il Signor” from Cavalleria Rusticana
Friday, September 12 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 14 at 3 p.m.
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
1700 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
TICKET PRICES & INFORMATION:
$40, $32 ($10 for Emory students on Friday performance only)
For tickets and information please call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.
Kennesaw State University:
Tuesday, September 16 at 8 p.m.
Bailey Performance Center
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
TICKET PRICES & INFORMATION:
Tickets go on sale Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10 a.m.
For more information and tickets, visit www.arts.kennesaw.edu.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
WALTER HUFF Throughout his twenty-five years of service as Chorus Master, Huff has guided the Atlanta Opera Chorus in more than one hundred mainstage productions in six major Atlanta venues, influencing countless Atlanta Opera Chorus singers under his leadership. Huff holds a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College-Conservatory and a master of music degree from Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore). Throughout his career, Huff has served as conductor, vocal coach, and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and Europe, holding positions such as vocal coach with the Washington National Opera, Peabody Opera Theater, Tanglewood Music Center, Atlanta Opera, and Actor’s Express theater. In addition he has served as chorus master with the San Diego Opera. For four years, Huff was a faculty member of Georgia State University as assistant professor, vocal coach, and conductor of the Georgia State University Choral Society. In 2013, he was appointed full time faculty/associate professor of choral conducting at Indiana University’s esteemed Jacobs School of Music
ATLANTA OPERA CHORUS Widely regarded as one of the top opera ensembles in the country, the Atlanta Opera Chorus performs in the majority of main stage offerings produced by the Atlanta Opera each year. Under the leadership of Walter Huff for 25 years, the choristers are an integral part of each performance. Touted for their technical abilities and compelling acting skills, they have been featured in more than 100 productions since Maestro Huff began his tenure. Conductors, stage directors, and principal singers from the world over have consistently praised the ensemble for its characteristic sound, range of color, and consistent precision. Production highlights through the years have included TURANDOT, AIDA, SAMSON ET DALILA, IL TROVATORE, OTELLO, and MANON. Other memorable choral performances have been showcased in Philip Glass’ AKHNATEN, Wagner’s dark and stormy THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Gluck’s ORFEO ED EURIDICE, a critically acclaimed double-bill of CARMINA BURANA and PAGLIACCI, 1992’s contemporary staging of Bizet’s CARMEN, and Mozart’s REQUIEM. In 1996, the Atlanta Opera Chorus was invited to perform in the Cultural Olympiad concert series, as part of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. This invitation resulted in two memorable performances, seen by a distinguished international audience: Gershwin’s delightful musical comedy OF THEE I SING and an Opera Gala Evening, featuring the Atlanta Chorus and famed soprano Dame Gwyneth Jones. In 2008, the Opéra-Comique of Paris invited the Atlanta Opera Chorus to perform in their new production of PORGY AND BESS. This 8-week engagement included 12 performances in Paris and additional shows in Spain, Normandy, and Luxembourg. Numerous alumni of the chorus have now sung at leading opera houses around the nation and the world – including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, and many others.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA OPERA
Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. By producing live, mainstage performances of the highest quality and impactful community engagement experiences, The Atlanta Opera enriches lives through the power of opera. Under the leadership of General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, the Opera attracts the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors, and designers. Each season, The Atlanta Opera presents three productions at the Cobb Energy Centre, drawing audiences from the entire metropolitan Atlanta area as well as from the Southeast region.
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