This weekend has two great concerts with different groups at the same
time...Mozart's wonderfully dark Don Giovanni, and Verdi's exquisite
Don Giovanni with the Redwood Symphony, dynamite soloists, and members of
Peninsula Cantare...and the Verdi Requiem with the Nova Vista Symphony and
San Jose Symphonic Choir.
If you saw the movie Amadeus, the dark "Commendatore" or "statue" scene was
from Don Giovanni. The character Don Giovanni is dark and evil. He kills
a man early in act one, he's a rake and he seduces myriad women...and
apparently is also guilty of rape.
The singer portraying Don Giovanni, Kirk Eichelberger, has an incredible
voice and stage presence. I feel like I'd sell my soul to the devil to be
able to sing like he does! While this is a "concert" production and has no
sets, the lead singers all are superb actors as well as singers.
While the singing is all in Italian, it's easy to follow all the dialog and
action with the projected English supertitles.
Following is from the concert flyer from Redwood Symphony:
The complete opera by W.A. Mozart in a concert performance with English
June 4, 2011, 8pm
Cañada College, Main Theatre
Farm Hill Road at I-280, Redwood City
Pre-concert lecture by David Ostwald, 7pm
We're excited by our upcoming concert performance of what many consider the
greatest of all operas, Mozart's Don Giovanni (Don Juan). This masterful
blending of comedy and tragedy will be performed by a top-notch cast and
hand-picked Redwood Symphony players, conducted by Maestro Eric Kujawsky
and directed by renowned opera scholar and director David Ostwald.
Map available at redwoodsymphony.org
Don Giovanni: Kirk Eichelberger
Leporello: Andrew Chung
Don Octavio: Daniel Deliz
Masetto / Commendatore: John Bischoff
Donna Anna: Pamela Hicks
Donna Elvira: Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai
Zerlina: Susanna Jimenez
Director: David Ostwald
With Peninsula Cantare, Janice Gunderson, Music Director
Adults $25 ($20 in advance).
Children 17 and under free when accompanied by an adult
Visit www.redwoodsymphony.org for tickets or information.
If OTOH you'd prefer the exquisite Verdi Requiem:
San Jose Symphonic Choir and Nova Vista Symphony present: VERDI Requiem
Saturday, June 4, 2011
7:30pm - Lecture
8pm - Concert
McAfee Performing Arts Center
Milena Georgieva: soprano
Wendy Hillhouse: mezzo soprano
Pedro Betancourt: tenor
Peter Tuff: bass
Anthony Quartuccio, music director Nova Vista Symphony:
Our 2011-2012 season concludes with a dramatic and exciting performance of
Verdi's Messa da Requiem!
In collaboration with our friends from San Jose Symphonic Choir and
fantastic soloists from the local area including graduates of San Francisco
Conservatory of Music, we are delighted to bring you this concert.
However, I have to warn you, be prepared for a powerful and thrilling
experience! This is not a piece for the timid - Verdi made a definitive
statement with this music, which you will hear from our combined groups.
Join me for a Pre-concert lecture at 7:30pm, where I will fill you in on
the background of this wonderful composition - Anthony Quartuccio, Music
Director Nova Vista Symphony