Watch Out Washington
Look out. There’s great music ahead. The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and The Freeman Stage at Bayside will present the Washington National Opera on the Owens Campus of Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown on Dec. 6 as part of its 2013 Off Stage Series. The Delaware Choral Society will present “A Christmas Journey” community concert at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover Dec. 15. “We are so honored ,” says Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation “to again be hosting this internationally recognized arts organization as we celebrate the end of our incredible sixth season. The 2013 season was a significant step towards our goal of bringing quality arts experiences to Sussex County, and we are so grateful for the enthusiastic response we continue to receive from the community.” The Washington National Opera will feature its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program, which guides young singers, accompanists, conductors and stage directors on the verge of international careers. The program provides intensive study with renowned vocal and drama coaches, and it offers voice lessons, language classes, career guidance, and master classes from staff and guest artists. Each season, exceptional professionals are selected from a pool of hundreds through a competitive audition process. Current and past participants hail from the United States, China, Korea, Russia, Belgium, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Georgia, the Dominican Republic and Australia. Graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers that include appearances at the world’s leading opera houses. The concert at DelTech is part of a continued partnership between the DTCC & The Freeman Foundations, which are both committed to provding rich cultural experiences to the area while also giving back to their communities. Find tickets at freemanstage.org. Children 18 and under are admitted without charge. For more, call 436-3015. The Delaware Choral Society’s “A Christmas Journey” crosses continents and centuries with a a program of contemporary and sacred Christmas music by Rachmaninoff, Holst, Rutter, Schütz, Britten and more. The lineup of talented community performers accompanying the DCS includes the Bell Choir from St. Andrews Lutheran Church on Mack Wilberg’s “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In,” as wells as Wesley College students Eugene Nelson and Patrick Heath playing drums on “Betelehemu,” a Nigerian Christmas carol composed by Babatunde Olatunji and arranged by Wendell Whalum. DCS’s Joanne Carrico will play fife on John Rutter’s “Shepard’s Pipe Carol,” and First State Brass will play on “Hymn to the Virgin,” a hauntingly beautiful piece by Benjamin Britten. The concert is part of Delaware Choral Society’s new partnership with the Schwartz Center for the 2013-2014 season.
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