The Resident Symphony Orchestra of the City of Anaheim

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Opera Rules in May!


Orange County Symphony Presents An Evening at the Opera
The Resident Orchestra of the City of Anaheim Presents Operatic Favorites in Collaboration with Redlands Opera Theatre

Sunday, May 4, 2014

6:30 PM; 6:00 PM pre-concert talk
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd.
$20/general admission; $15/seniors and students
Free parking on site

Masterworks from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Richard Strauss, Dvořák, Humperdinck, Delibes, and Gershwin

The Orange County Symphony will give the fifth concert of its 2013-14 season on Sunday, May 4, featuring arias, duets, and trios from a variety of beloved operas. The symphony will be joined by outstanding vocal artists from the Redlands Opera Theatre.

Highlights include the sultry “Habanera” from George Bizet’s Carmen; “Sull’aria,” the sublime duet from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; “Non più mesta,” Gioachino Rossini’s pyrotechnic aria for the title character in his La Cenerentola (Cinderella); the achingly beautiful “Song to the Moon” from Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka; George Gershwin’s incomparable “Summertime”; and the radiant final trio from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.

The concert will feature three members of Redland Opera Theatre. Soprano Tiana Dye, originally from San Diego, has performed with several companies including Riverside Lyric Opera, Opera Pasadena, Golden West Opera Theatre, Harvest Productions, and Starving for Arts Theater Company. Christa Stevens, soprano, a native of Redlands, is an active operatic and concert soloist throughout Southern California as well as a member of The Music Companie and both a core soprano and soloist with The Wagner Ensemble. With recent engagements in Oman, Salzburg, Greve, as well as Los Angeles, mezzo-soprano Megan Gillespie is a sought-after soloist throughout Southern California and beyond, as well as an accomplished educator.

Founded in 1985, the Orange County Symphony is a regional semi-professional orchestra serving a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million people. The OCS is honored to be part of the Anaheim community and in July, 2011 was designated as the Resident Symphony Orchestra for the City of Anaheim. The organization also runs an after-school music education program in collaboration with the Anaheim City School District, serving over 1000 students in over ten schools.

The orchestra is led by Dr. David Rentz, an accomplished choral, orchestral, and opera conductor, who currently serves on the faculties of the music departments of Pomona and Scripps Colleges, and serves as choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside and resident conductor of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles.

For booking, interviews, and complimentary tickets for reviews, please contact:

Dorothy Rose, (714) 778-0314

dorothy_rose@ocsymphony.org

www.ocsymphony.org