Now, singers engaged for one can also perform for the other. Opera Delaware will present a staged version of “L’elisir” next week; cast and conductor, in effect, got the advantage of having a couple extra run-throughs of the piece in Baltimore. The singers had the score in their heads (no music stands for this performance, as has often been the case). And, having been through some of the staging rehearsals for Wilmington, the cast easily tossed in a lot of acting (and inter-acting) here. The performance was anything but a mere concert. I was especially interested to hear William Davenport again. The tenor showed unusual promise when he was a Peabody Conservatory student not that long ago. Judging by the confidence he demonstrated in his portrayal of lovesick Nemorino in “L’elisir,” it seems that Davenport is settling into the profession nicely. In terms of styling, the singer is a natural, attentive to text and the shape of phrases; “Una furtiva lagrima” was elegantly molded. I was a little disappointed, however, in Davenport’s tone. I often wanted to hear more warmth and evenness to complement fully the admirable musicality. Still, this guy clearly has something. So does Trevor Scheunemann, whose hearty baritone and delectably colorful phrasing fleshed out the role of the pompous Belcore. A classy performance all around. Sharin Apostolou encountered some technical inconsistencies, but was an engaging Adina. Stephen Eisenhard compensated for upper-register thinness with lots of vitality as Dulcamara.
Livermore concert aims to help Valley wounded
Actor Joe Mantegna, who met Ross at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, rearranged his “Criminal Minds” shooting schedule to emcee, and American Idol finalist Lacey Brown will perform. The concert is the brainchild of George Bowen, who met Ross through his son, a fellow Marine. He originally proposed a small concert, but four local groups — VFW 6298, American Legion Post 235, Valley Veterans Foundation of Livermore and Pleasanton Military Families — decided to collaborate, and it grew into a larger effort. “This idea was a magnet,” Bowen said. “The community coalesced around it.” The Stand Up and Play Foundation a nationwide organization that assists people with impaired mobility is partnering with the local groups to present the event. The Gary Sinise Foundation provided a sizable donation, and numerous other people and groups, from the San Francisco 49’ers and Giants to corporate sponsors Chevron and Safeway to the Wente Vineyards staff members and Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department medics who will donate their time, are also contributing. “We’ve been really happy people responded,” said Pat Frizzell, chairwoman of Pleasanton Military Families. “We’re excited it just took off. We just hope people attend so it’s a big success for our wounded.” Bowen said the aim is to provide local wounded warriors with assistance for peripheral expenses, such as the higher utility bills amputees might incur because their body temperature is more difficult to regulate and they must either run the air or heat constantly. “The key thing we’re financing are needs not met through government benefits,” he said. Wounded warriors who currently live, or who once lived in the Tri-Valley for at least five years, are eligible to apply for the grant money generated from the net proceeds of ticket sales.
Get Walt Disney Concert Hall News and alerts free to your inbox At Sept. 30s gala under a tent on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., Dudamel said he was fed turkey jerky for the first time on a plane ride and it gave him ideas. This wonderful party for music is a good thing, he said, praising his orchestra and when there was a smattering of applause, added, But louder, please. Deborah Borda, prexy of the L.A. Phil, said: Gustavo had a crazy, amazing idea for tonight. We told him it couldnt be done and then we found a videographer, Netia Jones, who could do it. The concert included screens suspended from the ceiling, which showed the development of the hall from sketches to models to the finished building, all set to music played by the L.A. Phil. Interspersed were interviews from architect Frank Gehry as well as newspaper articles that criticized and praised the facility. The program ranged from music by Bach and Tchaikovsky to tunes from Disney films with solo perfs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Gehry himself came up to the podium and pretended to conduct but didnt speak to the audience, which included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Julie Andrews, John Williams, Albert Brooks, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Michael Eisner, Alan Horn, Jane Fonda, Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris ODonnell, Emmy Rossum, Jane Seymour and William Shatner. About $5 million was raised from the gala for the Phils education programs.
Alabama Rising concert series bringing some of state’s most-promising young bands to Huntsville (photos)
So they got him a job in the studio. And I was home for the summer farm-handing, which is a job I used to do, and I got home for lunch and this guy calls and he’s like, ‘You want a job?’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I’m out of here.'” Eventually, Bennett moved into sound and lighting, including work at the New Orleans Convention Center and Huntsville’s Theatrical Lighting Systems. When Bennett brought the Alabama Rising idea to Flying Monkey manager Anna Sue Courtney, she thought it sounded like an ideal fit for the venue, known for its superb acoustics and warm, intimate vibe. “We try to support local and regional musicians and artists as much as we can,” Courtney says. “And I’ve known Doug for a while and he has really perfect taste in music.” Pretty much a classic-rock and singer/songwriter fan, Bennett says to do Alabama Rising justice he, “had to kind of step out of what I like, and think about what everybody likes.” If shows already scheduled through late-January go well, Bennett can see the series continuing further. “I’m just having a ball with it. It’s the best thing I’ve taken on in years.” Oct. 5: The Great Book of John/ Shaheed and DJ Supreme (Birmingham) “The Great Book of John is Wilco-y, Radiohead-ish … sort of dreamy,” Bennett says. “And they suggested they bring this hip-hop duo from Birmingham, Shaheed and DJ Supreme. I was real skeptical, but I listened to these guys and it’s old-school, socially conscious, positive. And I’m real excited about it.” Nov. 9: St Paul and the Broken Bones (Birmingham) “I love R&B and soul, and here are these and I don’t know how else to say it white kids that are playing it as well as anybody,” Bennett says.