Performing Arts Palm Beach Opera will present (clockwise from right) Tosca, Le Nozze Di Figaro, and Candide.
PALM BEACH OPERA
CULTURAL PREVIEW 2017-18
PALM BEACH OPERA KICKS OFF ITS SEASON DECEMBER 9 WITH OPERA AT THE WATERFRONT, A FREE ALFRESCO CONCERT HELD ANNUALLY AT THE MEYER AMPHITHEATRE. THEN, IT WILL PRESENT A TRIO OF MAIN-STAGE PRODUCTIONS AT THE KRAVIS CENTER. BELOW, WE PRESENT THE NEED-TO-KNOW FACTS FOR EACH OPERA. (561-833-7888, PBOPERA.ORG)
TITLE: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO DATES: MARCH 23-25 MUSIC BY: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART SUNG IN: ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES SYNOPSIS: THE TITLE TRANSLATES TO THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, WHICH TELLS YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. FIGARO’S NUPTIALS GO AWRY WHEN A LOVELORN COUNT SETS HIS SIGHTS ON FIGARO’S FIANCÉE, SUSANNA.
Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach
The 2017-18 season might just be the biggest one to date for the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach. From November through May, it will present more than 10 concerts at various locations across the county, including The Breakers, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Rosarian Academy, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. We highly recommend the bookends for the main series: the Ehnes Quartet on November 28, and the debut of a new trio comprising violinist Arnaud Sussmann, cellist Colin Carr, and pianist Orion Weiss on April 25. However, the true highlight of the CMSPB season comes courtesy of its Young Artist Series. The Grammy Award–winning Harlem Quartet will play a program featuring Jobim’s The Girl from Ipanema and Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia at Rosarian Academy May 7. Committed to advancing diversity in classical music, this up-and-coming quartet has already performed alongside renowned musicians such as Itzhak Perlman and for such dignitaries as President Barack Obama. (561-379-6773, cmspb.org) KANG TAEUK
Performers from top: Jennifer Koh (February 19) and Yekwon Sunwoo and Andre Ionita (both April 12)
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TITLE: CANDIDE DATES: FEBRUARY 23-25 MUSIC BY: LEONARD BERNSTEIN SUNG IN: ENGLISH, BUT STILL PRESENTED WITH SUBTITLES SYNOPSIS: THIS MODERN OPERA BEGAN AS AN ADAPTATION OF VOLTAIRE’S 1758 NOVELLA, WHICH SATIRIZED SOME OF THE QUESTIONABLE BEHAVIOR OF HIS DAY. THOUGH IT’S GONE THROUGH MANY REVISIONS SINCE PREMIERING IN THE 1950S, CANDIDE IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF BERNSTEIN’S OPERATIC PROWESS.
This season, the Palm Beach Symphony will present the Masterworks Concert Series local classical music fans have come to expect, as well as a brand new Chamber Music Series. The complete orchestra will perform “Seven Wonders” at The Society of the Four Arts December 6, “Electrifying Discoveries” at The Benjamin Upper School January 17, “Journey from Germany to Scotland” at The Breakers February 19, “The Glory of Baroque” at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-bythe-Sea March 12, and “Romantic Reflections” at the Kravis Center April 17. Catch the first performance of the Chamber Music Series January 10 with “Playing Still: The Dean of Afro American Composers,” featuring music by twentiethcentury composer William Grant Still, at Palm Beach Day Academy. “Treasures from the Spanish Providencia,” taking place February 7 at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and “Bernstein & Co.: Composed in America,” March 21 at The Harriet Himmel Theater, round out the inaugural series. (561-655-2657, palmbeachsymphony.org)
PALM BEACH SYMPHONY
TITLE: TOSCA DATES: JANUARY 26-28 MUSIC BY: GIACOMO PUCCINI SUNG IN: ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES SYNOPSIS: SET IN ROME IN 1800, TOSCA TELLS THE STORY OF FLORIA TOSCA, A FAMOUS SINGER, AND HER ARTIST LOVER, MARIO CAVARADOSSI. BARON SCARPIA, THE CHIEF OF POLICE, WILL DO ANYTHING IN HIS POWER TO UPSET THIS COUPLING—BUT TOSCA AND CAVARADOSSI STRIVE TO THWART HIM AT EVERY TURN.