Summer Music Festival

Elgin OPERA launches its First Community Outreach Summer Music Festival. Come and enjoy a wide variety of music this summer from the most popular Broadway excerpts to an evening of comedy to Best Loved Opera Scenes. Hear the winners of Elgin OPERA’s Third Annual Vocal Competition, members of Elgin OPERA and other professional singers from the Chicagoland and Fox Valley area.

Summary of the events:

· Broadway Night! Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11 @ 8:00 PM

· Comedy Tonight! Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18 @ 8:00 PM & Sunday, July 19 @ 3:00 PM

· Opera in Concert! Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 @ 8:00 PM & Sunday, July 26 @ 3:00 PM

· Best Loved Opera Scenes! Friday, July 31 & Saturday, August 1 @ 8:00 PM

All Events and Performances will be held at the Kimball Street Theatre, located on the first level of the new Rider Center, on the Campus of Elgin Academy, 261 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120. (Visit our website at http://www.elginopera.org for map and directions.) Tickets are $18 for Adults and $15 for Seniors and Students. Discounted prices for members of the Elgin OPERA Guild.

Broadway Night! will be presented on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 PM. A variety of singers, including Solange Sior (Elgin), Susan Dennis (Bartlett), Robert Jastrebski (Arlington Heights), Charles Martin (Elk Grove Village), Valerie Meachum (Elgin), Kimberly & Brittany Albrecht (Barrington), Jori Jennings (Chicago), Kendra Wieneke (Barrington), Lindon Warren (Round Lake), Marianna Adaire (Evanston), Nicole Teram (Chicago), Tatiana Ranallo (Gilberts) , Annamarie Schutt (South Elgin), Katie & Kristen Das (St. Charles), Elizabeth Hadley (Carpentersville), and Gabriella Stocksdale (Elgin) will perform excerpts from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Porgy & Bess, Sound of Music, Annie, Show Boat, South Pacific, Songs for a New World, The Light in the Piazza, and music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Kurt Weill.

Comedy Tonight! will be presented on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, July 19 at 3:00 PM. Singers from Elgin OPERA, including Valerie Meachum (Elgin), Michelle Hackman (Cary), Jim Hinton (Elgin), Susan Dennis (Bartlett), Kendra Wieneke (Barrington), Tatiana Ranallo (Gilberts), Annemarie Schutt (South Elgin) and more, will perform a collection of parodies and humorous scenes from various genres including music by Gilbert & Sullivan, Victor Herbert, Jeanine Tesori, Tom Lehrer, Stephen Sondheim, Johann Strauss & Rossini. Be ready to laugh! “The Telephone” by Menotti, a thirty minute staged production of this funny opera will be performed in collaboration with Opera Moda, starring Genevieve Thiers (Chicago).

Opera in Concert will be presented on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, July 26 at 3:00 PM. Beautiful opera excerpts from the classical and romantic period will be presented, including music by Puccini, Mozart, Menotti, Delibes and more. The Third Act of “La Boheme” will be staged and presented under the direction of Mark James Meier. Solange Sior [Artistic Director of Elgin OPERA] (Elgin) will perform Mimi, Nancy Wiebe Mazurowski [Second Place Winner of the Emerging Artist Division of Elgin OPERA’s Third Annual Vocal Competition](Chicago) will be Musetta. Rodolfo will be sung by Cornelius Johnson (Chicago) and Marcello will be sung by Aaron Wardell (Chicago). Other singers for the evening will include Jennifer Kosharski (Chicago), Adam Horn (Sleepy Hollow), Jori Jennings (Chicago), Kendra Wieneke (Barrington), Jacqueline Schiffer (Palatine), Marcy Stonikas (Chicago) and more.

Best Loved Opera Scenes will be presented on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 at 8:00 PM. A staged & costumed production of “Suor Angelica”, a small opera (1 hour) by Puccini will be presented under the direction of Mark James Meier (Chicago). The title role will be performed by Marcy Stonikas [First Place Winner of the Emerging Artist Division of Elgin OPERA’s Third Annual Vocal Competition, as well as the winner of the “Most Promising Career” award] (Chicago). Barbara Landis (Chicago), Artistic Director of Chamber Opera Chicago will perform “The Princess”. Marianne Adaire (Evanston) [First Place Winner of the Young Artist Division of Elgin OPERA’s Third Annual Vocal Competition] will sing the role of Sister Genevieve. Other singers cast in the production include Paula Mrazek (Cary), Michelle Hackman (Cary), Sarah Heitman (Barrington), Margaret Schnute (Bolingbrok), Elizabeth Shuman (Chicago), Kendra Wieneke (Barrington), Danielle Floberg (Palatine), Jori Jennings (Chicago), Sara Litchfield (Chicago), and Suzanne Scherr (Oak Park).

The other part of the Best Loved Opera Scenes evening will highlight excerpts from various operas including “La Boheme”, “La Traviata”, and “Romeo & Juliet”.

Other events at the Summer Music Festival include Master Classes with Maestro Giulio Favario (former Associate Conductor and Chorus Master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and former Principal Coach at the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists) and Philip Morehead (Pianist and Conductor, Head of Music Staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists and former Chorus Master). These events are open to the general public. The Entrance fee for audience is $10 and can be paid at the door.

Elgin OPERA’s First Community Outreach Summer Music Festival is made possible by the support of the Palmer Foundation, Elgin Academy, the Illinois Arts Council, the Grand Victoria Foundation, Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation, E3 Design Group, the board and Opera Guild of Elgin OPERA, and Elgin OPERA’s generous sponsors.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Elgin OPERA at 847-695-5014, via email at office@elginopera.org, or visit our website at http://www.elginopera.org.

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