News and Upcoming Events
La Boheme is Around the Corner!
Starting in the first week of October, rehearsals will go into overdrive in for what has been named The Button-Down Opera Project, which will present its production of Puccini's beloved opera.
When and Where:
Saturday October 16 at 7:30 pm at the FAC Art Center on 2nd St. in Frederick. A fresh-air preview concert will take place on October 9 at 5 pm at Catoctin Breeze Vineyards.
Mimi - Francesca Aguado
Rodolfo - Nicholas Simpson
Marcello - Matthew Maisano
Musetta - Rachel Sigman
Schaunard - Will Berman
Colline - Christopher Leake
Benoit-Alcindoro - Justin Wilson
The cast of this full (but semi-staged and small scale) production will collaborate with amazing pianist Kat Bowman and a string quartet comprised of musicians from the Frederic, Maryland, and Piedmont Symphony Orchestras.
Funded, in part, by Ausherman Family Foundation. This performance is also supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).
Frederick Symphony Orchestra
The FSO just wrapped up its final recording for its online concert series, put into place to keep the music alive during the COVID-19 emergency. It has been truly gratifying to see these musicians rise to the occasion with such class and superb music-making. On the ticket for this last performance are works for strings by Tchaikovsky, Britten, Elgar, and Janacek.
We kept the music alive during the pandemic, and but now it's time to get back onto stage before a live audience. The FSO will pick up the baton again where it left off, with an ambitious season ahead of us. Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Dvorak's 8th Symphony are on the season. Most exciting is that we will be picking up Mahler's Symphony No. 4 again, which was one short rehearsal away from its performance when things got shut down by the Corona virus. This time we will give soprano Francesca Aguado even more to do by adding Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs to the program. In his typical spirit of trust and generosity, my great friend and colleague, Maestro Glenn Quader will be handing the baton over to me on the Strauss!!
In June I was honored to lead the Camerata in the FSO's first live concert in a year and a half. We performed at the Sky Stage before an audience of 100 enthusiastic concert-goers in a special program for the Frederick Festival of the Arts. On the concert: movements from Still's Danzas de Panama, Britten's Simple Symphony, Elgar's Serenade for Strings, and a beautiful rendition of Gliere's "Phoenix" Adagio, arranged for strings and alto sax and performed by our own Bob Renshaw. A future program will feature Bob's Fantastick Symphony, an orchestral reworking of numbers from the famous musical.
Read more about the Camerata in this nice article from a pre-pandemic edition of the Frederick News Post!