Shorts, T-shirts, and Opera

Lucas Meachem

Lucas Meachem, baritone

We are very excited about Casual Classics: Opera and Broadway in the Museum Park. This will be the first time the OCNC is performing outdoors and it’s a wonderful opportunity to sample opera. (You’ll be surprised how much of the music is familiar…okay, it may be because you heard it in Bugs Bunny cartoons or during a car commercial, but that simply means opera is not an intimidating proposition at all!) The program will be a mix of opera and Broadway favorites which gives OCNC a chance to try out a new rep (and whether you’re familiar with opera or not, who doesn’t enjoy a good show-tune?).  It’ll be a perfect night for a family picnic, a night out with the girls, or a romantic date with good music at a reasonable price. (Come on, wouldn’t you like an alternative to multiplex theaters?) So there you have it, several great reasons for everyone to enjoy a unique Saturday night experience.

This is certainly an interesting experiment, bringing world class musicians and a 50-piece orchestra into an outdoor theater. If you’re a regular at the Museum’s summer series, you’ll enjoy this change of pace and if you’re a regular at the OCNC, we thought you would like to hear us outside for a change.  But this is the classic “you got peanut butter in my chocolate–hey, wait-a-sec…” scenario where everybody wins!  I have a feeling it is going to be a marvelous evening and the start of a great relationship. 

And in the spirit of trying something new, we will even have a guest conductor…from the audience! A lucky winner from an auction this past February will conduct the orchestra in front of all you forgiving fans. Certainly we can cheer for Joan and help her through this amazing experience. (I wish I were as brave!) 

If you just can’t wait for an amazing opera experience, there’s an opportunity to meet the singers and chat with them in an intimate setting. They’ll be at our Taste of Opera dinner at the Umstead this Thursday. The NCMA or OCNC Box Office staff can tell you more about it just call soon (919-792-3850). 

There are people who point to a moment when they heard a piece of music as a child and it stayed with them for years, to be recalled later as a favorite memory.  Here’s your chance to create that experience for your children and grandchildren…or create special some memories all your own. I look forward to sharing this fabulous evening with you.     

Frank Grebowski is the General Director of The Opera Company of North Carolina. Casual Classics: Opera and Broadway in the Museum Park is on Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. Buy your tickets online.

One Comment

  1. Linda
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I attended the Opera/Broadway event on May 30th evening with my husband. He is usually not a fan of this type of music, however, he is now! The weather was spectacular and the music inspiring. Please continue to mix-up the musical selections for the summer series!

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