Date & Time: Saturday April 23rd, 2016 at 3:00 pm.
Cost: Suggested donation: $20 at the door.
Winetasting & Silent Auction fundraiser reception following concert!
Location: Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church. 5950 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213.
Phone: Penny Schenk, (513) 941-5088
Cincinnati Public School (CPS) kids are going to be on stage with stars of the local opera, chamber music, and choral scene on April 23rd in Jonathan Dove’s opera Tobias and the Angel. Students from Woodford Paideia Academy will sing along with professional soloists and orchestra in a production funded through grant writing efforts of a mainstay in the city’s choral scene, the Cincinnati Camerata.
The event will include opera soloists from the North American New Opera Workshop (NANOworks), esteemed chamber orchestra concert:nova, singers of the Cincinnati Camerata, and a group of CPS Woodford Paideia music students taught by one of the Camerata’s members, Angela Carota.
Camerata artistic director Brett Scott, also Associate Professor of Ensembles and Conducting at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), wanted to bring the work here to collaborate with some of the city’s best musicians and to expand the community’s sense of what opera can be.
“It’s an interesting work that hasn’t been performed many times in the United States, even though it was premiered in London back in 1999,” he said. “And it’s a new experience for us, too. The Camerata has never performed a full opera, so it’s going to expand our repertoire, let us join forces with great local musicians, and have some fun with the kids.”
The story of Tobias and the Angel is from the book of Tobit, in the Biblical Apocrypha. David Lan’s libretto reads like a mystical Jewish folk-legend, and Dove’s music mixes contemporary classical sounds with accordion and klezmer music.
But planning the event wasn’t as easy as a normal concert for the Camerata. It required consistent grant writing efforts over the course of a year to secure the funding needed from the Ohio Arts Council, ArtsWave, and the Tangeman Sacred Music Center.
“Without the generous funding we received, it couldn’t happen,” said Ms. Carota, “And I know firsthand what a thrilling experience it will be for my young music students to be on that stage, especially at a time when Woodford Paideia has a strong focus toward the Arts. It’s just a great opportunity for everyone involved.”
Cincinnati Camerata is a mixed-voice choral ensemble of 35 accomplished volunteer singers that focuses on chamber and contemporary classical music, from medieval chant through living composers. The Camerata collaborates with some of Cincinnati’s finest instrumental ensembles to produce 2-3 formal concerts each season and is committed to promoting new choral music through an annual Composition Contest prize.