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Concert – France & Spain – Excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen
June 12, 2016:
6:15 PM Pre-Concert Talk with Libor Ondras
7:00 PM Performances Begin
John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View
$25 General Admission or $50 Reserved Seating
Come join us along with the Bay View Quartet and enjoy musical excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen, first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on March 3, 1875. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the world. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen.
The characters in Carmen are true-to-life with Don José, the humble corporal; Carmen, the enchantress; and Escamillo, the dashing bullfighter forming the love triangle. Don Jose is led in a gradual decline through insubordination to desertion and eventually to murder by his unrelenting obsession with Carmen. Bizet’s music moves the drama forward with brilliantly composed intermezzos and preludes that set the scenes and provide programmatic transitions. With Carmen, Bizet composed a genuine masterpiece with its melodic invention, orchestration, and harmonic resourcefulness.
Featuring performances by Risa Renae Harman, Elise Des Champ, Jeffrey Picon and Brian Banion.
General Admission tickets are available at area chambers of commerce or online at www.glcorchestra.org. Reserved Seating is available online or contact the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra office at (231) 487-0010.
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra is looking for volunteers to join our ever-growing team for the upcoming 2016-2017 season! From board positions to event set-up, and everything in between – we need your help. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact Executive Director Anne McDevitt for more information at (231) 487-0010, or by email at [email protected].