Saturday, July 8, 2017

AUDITIONS: John Philip Sousa's "Chris and the Wonderful Lamp" / Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Rockville, MD

Audition Announcement
for semi-staged opera in concert:

John Philip Sousa's
Chris and the Wonderful Lamp 

The story of a young man from Connecticut who buys Aladdin's lamp at an auction and employs the genie to help see his love, Fanny, who is sequestered in a school for girls.

Music Direction by Joseph Sorge
Concert Staging by Debbie Grossman
Performances: Sept 8 & 9 at 8pm, Sept 10 at 2pm at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville, MD

Auditions (by appointment only)For those interested in principal roles and those new to The Victorian Lyric Opera Company. Current and former VLOC members may sign up for chorus using the audition sign up form. Dates are:

  • Thursday, July 13, 7pm-10pm
  • Friday, July 14, 7pm-10pm
Audition LocationBethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD

Callbacks: Sunday July 16, by invitation only.
Callback Location: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 4902 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD

Audition informationPlease prepare one verse of a song in English and bring sheet music in the appropriate key for the provided accompanist. You will be asked to provide your scheduling conflicts for the rehearsal period of July through September.
Rehearsals: All rehearsals will be at Holy Redeemer, with a combination of Sunday afternoons and TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday evenings.

Principal Roles Available

  • Chris Wagstaff, a ‘boy about town’..… mezzo-soprano
  • Fanny Wiggins, star pupil at the Prisms Academy….. soprano
  • The Genie, the original slave of the lamp….. baritone/tenor
  • Miss Prisms, Principal of the Academy….. soprano
  • Scotty Jones, Boy-of-all-work at the Academy….. tenor
  • Aladdin, the mythological character….. tenor
  • Mr. Lovemoney, a New England money lender (Act I) / The Grand Vizier (Act II).…. bass/baritone
  • Mr. Pettingill, auction bidder (Act I) / Al Khizar, chief of the secret police of Etheria (Act II)…. baritone/tenor
  • Auctioneer…(Act I) / Captain of the guard (Act II).... baritone/tenor
  • Katie Clancy, maid-of-all-work at the Academy (Act I) / Amine, a talking doll (Act II)….. soprano/mezzo-soprano

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Takoma Ensemble ~ Heaven and Earth: Spirituality in Music ~ 4/8/17 in Silver Spring, MD

Saturday, April 8 at 7:30PM
Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Join us as we explore music's ability to connect us to the inner and the divine, transcending religion and culture. 

Arvo Pärt, Summa for Strings
Andrian Pertout, Illuminismo (Concerto for Saxophone and Marimba)
World Premiere of new version
Alan Hovhaness, Alleluia and Fugue
Lucas Richman, Kol Nidre
Jennifer Higdon, String Lake
Christopher Theofanidis, Visions and Miracles

Victoria Gau, conductor
Guest Artists Noah Getz, saxophone, and Lee Hinkle, marimba

Concert partner Interfaith Works
We will take collect donations to Interfaith Work's current wish list at the concert

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Monday, March 20, 2017

UrbanArias: LUCY ~ April 1-8, 2017

LUCY is a one-man opera for baritone and chamber ensemble with music by John Glover and a libretto by Kelley Rourke. Set in the 1970s, it is based on the true story of the psychotherapist Maurice Temerlin, who adopted a chimpanzee named LUCY and raised her with his own family. Lucy learned sign language, had her own cat, and drank martinis-- and in this opera her "father" Dr. Maurice Temerlin tells the audience her heart-wrenching story. 
Presented by UrbanArias.

Starring Andrew Wilkowske as Maurice Temerlin 

Robert Wood, conductor
Erik Pearson, director
Michael Locher, set and costume design
Burke Brown, lighting design

70 minutes, in English. 

Performances at April 1, 7, 8 at 8pm and April 2 at 2pm. 
Not for children.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Adult $35
Senior/Student $32

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

3/4/17 ~ RISE: A Circus of Light

Two performances: 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 

At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

This brand-new Zip Zap Circus show is a fun and uplifting mash-up of poetry, live music, and circus amazement for all ages. Rise! is an hour of wonder celebrating our human capacity to rise up to create joy, love, and light. Featuring renowned clown-poet-philosopher-storyteller Bill Forchion and friends, Rise! is a unique collaboration of talented artists from the Baltimore and Washington area and beyond.

For the seventh year in a row, our circus community comes together at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival as volunteer artists and technicians to support the transformational work of Zip Zap Circus in South Africa and North America. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2/18/2017 Takoma Ensemble - PB & Jam Session: Meet the Composer


PB & Jam Session: Meet the Composer!

Saturday, February 18 at 4 PM - 4:45 PM

Join Becky Linafelt, members of the Takoma Ensemble, and our special guest, the effervescent composer Charlie Barnett for the latest in our series of incredibly popular and interactive concerts geared to children ages 1-1/2 to 7 and their grown-ups!

In a program called "Meet the Composer", our young audience will have the chance to learn how music is created - and to help!

Tickets not available in advance for this event, so come early as it fills up!
Suggested donation $10 per child.

Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

The concert is presented by the We Are Takoma Series, and supported by a grant from the Takoma Foundation.