Concert Schedule

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM

“MAPLE LEAF SEVEN” Traditional Jazz Band

This fall, Vermont’s popular “Maple Leaf Seven” Traditional Jazz Band will open our four-concert 2018-2019 Series. Instrumentation of the Band’s seven members includes trumpet, clarinet, tenor sax, trombone, piano, bass and drums. Some vocals are used also. The musicians will perform a jazz “retrospective” program taking listeners from the “birth” of jazz through the Dixieland and Swing eras to examples of how jazz and swing continued to influence popular, classical and theater music.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM

THE HAL MCINTYRE ORCHESTRA

The Hal McIntyre Orchestra is a celebrated 13-piece “big band” jazz band that performs throughout the United States and abroad. It is now under the direction of Don Pentleton, but it was originally founded and directed by Hal McIntyre, saxophonist and clarinetist. Born in nearby Cromwell, he grew up in that town, forming his own jazz octet in 1935 when he was 21 years old, and followed by membership in the Benny Goodman band. Glenn Miller noticed this talented musician and hired him as a founding member of the Glenn Miller Band. Later in 1941, Miller encouraged him to form his own band which became the world famous Hal McIntyre Orchestra. His career ended when he died in a tragic fire at the age of 45.

Opera Schedule

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM

CARMEN by Georges Bizet

The French opera Carmen was composed by Georges Bizet. One of the most popular operas of all time, it was set in 19th century Spain. The beautiful but defiant gypsy Carmen captures the love of two men. One, Don Jose, is a handsome but unsophisticated soldier, and the other, Escamillo, is a dashing toreador scheduled for bull fights in the city’s arena. The ensuing story is one of love, jealousy and revenge. A new take on this perennial operatic favorite will include an updated staging that will bring new relevance to the story while taking away none of the original drama and charm.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM

TURANDOT by Giacomo Puccini

Turandot is the final opera of acclaimed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. It takes place in ancient China with music that includes Asian accents throughout. The opera contains one of the most famous tenor arias composed for opera, “Nessun Dorma”, and has more chorus passages than Puccini’s other operas like “Madama Butterfly” and “La Boehner”.

Middletown Concert Association History

The Middletown Concert Series has been held most recently in the old MHS auditorium on Hunting Hill Avenue. We’ve recently made the move to the new MHS Performing Arts Auditorium at Middletown High School. While always changing, in the past the Series has featured outstanding classical ensembles, ethnic dance, jazz, cabaret and folk music. Other performers and performances include as orchestras, trios and quartets as well as nationally and internationally known classical and nontraditional soloists.

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