We’re playing a Valentine’s Day concert this weekend (Saturday, Feb. 16, 8:00, Tennessee Theatre- sorry about the mix-up!!!!), and although it won’t technically be Valentine’s day any more, those with a romantic bent will surely appreciate a weekend-night outing to celebrate this most "lovely" holiday. What’s more, attendees will receive complimentary Godiva chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne. (We are aware that many are calorie-conscious, so the caviar sliders and heart-shaped Nutella calzones idea was nixed in a production meeting). This concert will not have an intermission, allowing more time for our patrons to return home while the night is still young.
Hot on the heels of an engagement they both had in Las Vegas, vocalists Philip Drennen and Nicole Kaplan will grace our stage on works by (among others) Bernstein, Marvin Hamlisch and Dolly Parton. Concertmaster Gabe Lefkowitz will solo on Kreisler’s Liebesfreud and Elgar’s Salut d’amour, and Lucas Richman will accompany Philip and Nicole at the piano in a Gershwin medley. Nicole was a guest artist on our John Williams pops concert a couple seasons ago.
Speaking of Godiva, keyboardist Carol Zinavage had the distinct thrill of riding one of the horses from the recent Knoxville Opera production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. Here she is, post-rehearsal, outside the opera office on Depot St. astride Callie, basically because she can be. The other horse was named Marley.