Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Next Season Part 3

This should be the last dose of time-release postings about the KSO's 2012-13 season.

Opera offerings for next season are substantial. They kick off with the October 26th and 28th production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, just in time for Halloween. On February 8th and 10th, we will travel to the wild west by way of Italy with Puccini’s Fanciulla del West, aka The Girl of the Golden West, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is one of the lesser known Puccini operas, but I am proud to say that I have played it. I am somewhat shocked to say, however, that it has been TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS since I played it, at the 1985 Spoleto Festival. It was there that I met our principal oboist Phyllis Secrist and our principal clarinetist Gary Sperl- before I moved here. The KOC season ends on April 26th and 28th with Rossini’s La Cenerentola, aka Cinderella, just in time for, umm, Richter Scale Day. Although this will (I assume) coincide with the Rossini Festival, I believe and hope that the only scales we encounter are either major or minor.

In the Pops department, a wide variety is planned again for 2012-13. (Yikes. 2013. It seems like we were just ringing in a new millenium, but now here it is, the early teens!!) After our venerable Clayton Holiday Concerts on Dec. 12-14, the music of Lennon and McCartney will be showcased on January 19th. A Barbra Streisand songbook show will happen on March 16th and the series will end with 2 bangs– April 13th we will feature trumpet god Doc Severinsen, and on May 11th, piano songwriter Jim Brickman will close out the News-Sentinel Pops series.

While you are marking your calendars, you should make a note of the KSO's Youth Orchestra concerts. Nov.12, Feb. 17 and 18, and May 6 are dates for these fine glimpses into the future of classical music.

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