Thursday August 22, 2013

MANCHESTER -- Manchester Music Festival’s Aug. 22 concert, Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera, the final performance of its Panoramas summer series, will showcase five talented artists affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera: soprano Emalie Savoy, praised for her "gleaming richness" by The New York Times: mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy, touted by the Boston Globe as "a charismatic mezzo with future star written all over her;" tenor Patrick O’Halloran, winner of numerous opera accolades and awards, bass baritone Clayton Mathews, praised for his rich colorful tone and profound character interpretations; and Grammy Award winning pianist Caren Levine, who will accompany all the singers.

The concert, which opens with arias from such iconic operas as Don Giovanni, Figaro, La Bohème, and Carmen, among others, continues with American spirituals, "What a Movie" from Trouble in Tahiti, and selections from Bizet, Cilea and Massenet. The concert will conclude with a rousing rendition, of "Ogni cura si doni al diletto" from Verdi’s spirited opera, Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), with an operatic chorus joining the young stars. Without a doubt, concertgoers of all ages can expect an evening both lyrical and lively.

MMF summer concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings through Aug. 22 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion in Manchester, with a season-benefit pops concert featuring Audra McDonald on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25.

Manchester Music Festival is a year-round organization offering classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the Festival produces classical music concerts throughout the year, including summer concerts at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Manchester Chamber Orchestra fall tour, and holiday concerts around the Northshire. MMF hosts renowned musicians and provides a full-scholarship summer chamber music program for pre-professional Young Artists. For children, MMF’s Michael Rudiakov Music Academy provides private lessons in violin, viola and cello, and a youth string ensemble. MMF performs free concerts and residencies in area schools, and each July the organization offers Music Discovery Week, where children can take a week of instrumental lessons with a member of MMF’s Young Artists Program.

For more information on Manchester Music Festival’s summer season or year-round programs, or to purchase tickets, visit www.mmfvt.org or call 802-362-1956.