Popular Opera Works Featured in Sound Choices Series Finale

Posted on 4/30/2013 12:04:14 PM

Sound Choices will conclude its 2012–2013 season with a unique concert featuring the IUP Symphony Orchestra, Chorale, University Choir, Opera Theater Workshop, faculty members Mary Logan Hastings and Joseph Baunoch, and special guest and former Metropolitan Opera tenor Richard Fracker. An Opera Gala will be presented on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

“Opera is the plural of opus, which translates as ‘work,’” said David Martynuik, conductor for the gala. “The idea of having multiple types of ‘works,’ arias, duets, instrumental movements—including overtures and dances—is part of what has made opera the source of such intense devotion over the past four centuries. The Gala will have a tremendous variety of music drawn from various operatic traditions.”

Martynuik added, “There is sure to be something to appeal to everyone on this concert. We hope that this concert will encourage more people to seek out this tremendous music.”

The program will open with Jacques Offenbach’s delightful La Belle Helen overture. This spirited work was originally composed in 1864 for an operetta based on Helen of Troy’s elopement with Paris, which sparked the Trojan War. This overture will be followed by the “Legend of Kleinzach” from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman and will feature Fracker with members of the Opera Theater Workshop.

Concluding the first half of the concert will be multiple selections from Charles Gounod’s popular opera Faust. This will be a unique opportunity for Baunoch to appear on stage with Fracker, who was his teacher while attending Michigan State University. According to Banouch, an assistant professor of music at IUP, “Professor Fracker has been a seminal influence on my career as a singer.

“Verdi had an especially close friendship with the principal clarinetist at La Scala Ernesto Cavallini for whom he wrote the solo in “La Primavera” from I Vespri Sciliani that will open the second half of the concert.” The clarinet solo will be performed by IUP senior music student Samuel Schreiber.

Members of the IUP Chorale and University Choir will join the orchestra on stage for various selections, including Puccini’s famous “Nessun Dorma” and “O Mio Bambino Caro,” Bizet’s Toreador’s Song from Carmen, and several choruses, including Verdi’s “Va Pensiero.”

The concert will end in grand style with the famous sextet from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi’s Brindisi.

Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $6 for students and children. Tickets for the Gala are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building, online at IUP Tickets, or by calling the HUB ticket office at 724-257-1313. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour before the performance.

Sound Choices is produced by the IUP Music Department and is part of the offerings of the Lively Arts. For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.


Music Theater

Sound Choices

Opera Gala

An Opera Gala

May 10, 2013
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, PAC

A unique production for the university and community, this concert gala will feature the IUP Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Martynuik; IUP voice faculty members Mary Logan-Hastings and Joseph Baunoch; and special guest Richard Fracker, former Metropolitan Opera tenor. Among the evening’s offerings will be favorites from operas by Puccini, Verdi, and Gounod.

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For more information, visit Opera_Gala, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.