A Night At The Opera

Saturday, Feb 11, 2012  8:00 p.m.
Conducted by Miriam Burns
Michelle Jennings, Soprano
Antonio Giuliano, Tenor

Oakcrest School – 850 Balls Hill Rd. McLean, VA

DIRECTIONS

Experience all of the romance of A Night at the Opera with favorites from Verdi, Puccini and Bizet performed by guest artists from New York City and Washington D.C. Maestra Miriam Burns leads the orchestra through operatic favorites inspired by love and heroism, including La Forza del Destino and La Boheme. Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, an American Romeo and Juliet will conclude this concert. As always we offer free parking and our popular post-concert cake and champagne reception, open to all.
Opera Giuseppe Verdi:
Overture to La Forza del Destino

Giuseppe Verdi:
Prelude to Act 1 from La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi:
Ah fors’e lui…Sempre libera from La Traviata

Georges Bizet:
La fleur que tu m’avais jetee from Carmen

Giuseppe Verdi:
La Donna e mobile from Rigoletto

Miriam Burns, Conductor

Miriam Burns, Music Director and Conductor

Giuseppe Verdi:
Brindisi from La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi:
Triumphal March from Aida

Giacomo Puccini:
Nessun Dorma from Turandot

Giacomo Puccini:
O soave fanciulla from La Boheme

Leonard Bernstein:
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Miriam Burns has been on staff with the New York Philharmonic as one of their Cover Conductors from 1999-2007, having been appointed by Kurt Masur as a result of a competitive audition by-invitation-only. In this capacity, she accompanied the orchestra on tour to the Far East in 2002 as the tour Assistant Conductor to then new Music Director, Lorin Maazel, and for eight years was entrusted as an assistant conductor on call for countless specific, fully prepared programs under many guest conductors of international repute.

Ms. Burns is Music Director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony (1996-2011, now Music Director Emerita) and the Orchestra of the Redeemer in New York City. Versatile in all genres, she is active on operatic stages as well, conducting opera at the MasterWorks Festival and having been Associate Music Director of the Bronx Opera Company – conducting opening nights – for nine years.
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Michelle Jennings, Soprano

michelle-jennings New York soprano Michelle Jennings has been called “a model of first class acting and singing” (Asheville Citizen-Times), whose “vocal ease and tone quality in the coloratura ornamentation were extraordinary” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune). In upcoming performances, Ms. Jennings will portray Concetta in I Gioielli della Madonna, in her debut with Teatro Grattacielo in New York City’s Rose Hall; Alice in Falstaff, with the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice; Ardita in the new opera The Offshore Pirate, with Christopher Street Opera in New York; and she will be a guest soloist in a gala appearance for the Westchester Oratorio Society.
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Antonio Giuliano, Tenor

antonio2_small Master Sergeant Antonio Giuliano (Tenor) received his musical education from Pensacola State College and the College of Music at Loyola University in New Orleans. He has appeared in opera, concerts and recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He holds the rank of Master Sergeant as an active duty Soldier. As a member of The United States Army Chorus since 1988, MSG Giuliano has represented his country as a soloist and performed for heads of state, kings and queens, and presidents worldwide. He served as soloist at the funeral services for President Ronald Reagan singing an A Cappella rendition of Amazing Grace, President Reagan’s favorite hymn.
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