JAZZ - Then and Now! with the Debra Mann Jazz Quintet, featuring Derbra Mann, noted jazz pianist/vocalist

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Celebrated jazz pianist/vocalist Debra Mann and her seasoned Quintet’s (piano/vocals, saxophone, trumpet, bass and drums) appearance in Middletown is enthusiastically anticipated! Included in the performance will be an historical perspective of jazz using its earliest years in New Orleans through to the later forms developed in following decades until the present. Also there will be some acclaimed compositions of Debra Mann herself along with her own interpretations of jazz standards. Debra Mann is a graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston. For over two decades she has performed as a solo artist and in group settings throughout the Northeast at venues including concert halls, jazz clubs and festivals. She is a guest soloist with the Boston “Pops” at Boston’s Symphony Hall and is a well-known educator of jazz at Brown University.

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The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Mozart's opera The Magic Flute is sprinkled with fantasy, comedy, the supernatural and symbolism. It is filled with some of the composer's most delightful music that includes the ever-present "chimes" of a magic flute influencing the actions of both man and beast.
The opera actually tells of man's spiritual growth toward wisdom and light.
The brave Prince Tamino is assigned many trials at which he must succeed to win the hand of Princess Pamina with whom he has fallen in love. His comical birdcatcher friend, Papageno, is told to accompany him and does so reluctantly. All ends well despite the omnipresent malevolent Queen-of-the Night. There is a large cast of fantastic characters along the way, and there is even an appearance of an adorable Papagena for Papageno!
(The opera's dialouge is spoken in English, and the solos and choruses are sung in German. English subtitles translations are projected above the stage during the opera's performance.)

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Sol Y Canto Latin Ensemble

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm


Sol y Canto is the nationally-touring Latin ensemble led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer and bongo player Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador. The group features Rosi’s crystalline voice, Brian’s Spanish guitar, and virtuoso musicians from Uruguay, Peru, Panama and Argentina on piano, winds, bass, and percussion in its overview of Latin music.
Since 1994 , Sol y Canto has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center to the White House. The ensemble is known for making their music accessible to Spanish and non-Spanish speaking audiences of all ages connecting them to the richness of the Latin American culture.. Musical director/composer Brian was commissioned by Boston’s preeminent Celebrity Series to compose a Latin orchestral suite, Prisma de amores, which has toured nationwide with symphony orchestras to string quartets.

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The MODERNISTICS present "Song and Dance from the Great American Song Book"

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm

The MODERNISTICS ensemble includes the versatile and virtuosic Peter H. Bloom/Marc Leighton flute and guitar duo and features the acclaimed vocalists/ tap dancers Ted and Pamela Powers. The show is made up of song and dance from the Great American Songbook, with a spotlight on movie music from the 1920s to the 1970s.
The four artists have performed and taught extensively in the United States and abroad. Peter H. Bloom, praised for his “jazzy flutework” (allabout jazz.com), has concertized in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Mark Leighton is acclaimed as a jazz and classical guitarist. Ted and Pamela Powers are leaders in their fields as vocalists and tap dancers. Ted has had a career in jazz, blues, and pop abroad, and Pamela has performed and taught in the United States, studying with the renowned Broadway choreographer Charles Hughes.

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Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

The Italian opera Aida is considered the “grandest “of Verdi’s many operatic masterpieces. Set in Ancient Egypt it was commissioned to open at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House in 1871. Amid much pageantry, unbelievably beautiful expansive music, and a deep emotional impact Aida was a great success and has continued to be a favorite all-time opera to this day.
The story is a simple one of love, jealousy, patriotic duty, and sacrifice. Radames is in love with Aida, who is a slave to Amneris, the Egyptian king’s daughter. She passionately returns his love finding out that Amneris is in love with Radames also! Radames leads the Egyptian army to victory over its Ethiopian enemy only to find out that Aida is secretly the daughter of the Ethiopian king. He and she plan to flee together as the Egyptian king offers Amneris as a victory reward to Radames. Turbulent circumstances follow and bring Aida and Radames to an unforgettable and sublime tomb scene finale.
(The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles translations projected above the stage.)

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