Current Performances

Through October 22, West Bay Opera will present Norma, Bellini’s masterpiece of bel canto tragedy.  At the Lucy Stern Theater in Palo Alto. http://www.westbayopera.org/

Listen to Norma’s famous aria, “Casta diva”.  The flute introduces the melody before the soprano sings.  One of the most divine moments in opera!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBNO-NZ59Bs

Just in time to honor Cassini’s final days, On October 7 and 8, 2017, Santa Cruz Symphony will present Gustav Holst’s magnificent Orchestral Suite, “The Planets”.  I am so excited to be a part of this production!  Listen to “Jupiter” performed by James Levine and the Chicago Symphony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0b4STz1lo

Opening on September 9, 2017, I will be performing with Opera San Jose in  Mozart’s lively and hilarious opera, Cosi Fan Tutte.  Listen to the magnificent overture: cosi overture

for tickets, www.operasj.org

This wonderful month of July, 2017, the San Francisco Opera Merola company will present their summer festival, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the War Memorial Opera House.  http://merola.org/home

Savitri, by Gustav Holst, deals with themes of mortality and love. A tear jerker and stunning experience.  Watch a performance starring Janet Baker, with the English Chamber Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5meFq1hxfD

Then, for something completely different, we will present Rossini’s frothy La Cenerentola.

 

I can’t believe my good fortune to get to play the Verdi Requiem twice, in two months! This time was with the Santa Cruz Symphony, playing the piccolo part.  What an amazing role the piccolo plays; I didn’t really realize it last March when I was two seats over, playing those to-die-for flute solos!  And the music critic liked it too; he very kindly mentioned me by name.

http://www.peninsulareviews.com/2017/05/07/santa-cruz-symphony-verdis-requiem/

Opening April 15,  2017,  it is Puccini’s La Boheme.   On my top five list of favorite operas, many a happy couple has gotten engaged at a performance of this incredibly romantic story.

 

Verdi’s Requiem is coming.  On March 25 and 26, Masterworks Chorale will present this magnificent piece at Canada College in Redwood City.  This is my new favorite flute solo part!  Listen to the Vienna Philharmonic, with Joan Sutherland, soprano, Marilyn Horne, contralto, Luciano Pavarotti, tenor, and Martti Talvela, bass.  

For tickets, http://www.masterworks.org/

Tonight, February 11 2017,  we open Silent Night, by Kevin Puts.  This opera was written only five years ago and immediately won a Pulitzer prize.  It tells the true story of the Christmas day during World War 2, when the war stopped. This will be the west coast premiere!  Here is the excellent review: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/12/review-silent-night-opera-gets-stirring-west-cast-premiere-in-san-jose/

OperaSJ.org for tickets.

Here comes Bugs Bunny!  Bugs Barber of Seville
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Actually, we will be doing the inspiration for lots of laughs from Walt Disney, “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini. barber-1barber-3Opera San Jose at the California Theater, opening on November 12, 2016. Listen to the masterpiece overture, theme to Bugs’ wonderful scene. Overture Barber of Seville

The Sound of Music is coming to town!  I will be the flutist for this traveling Broadway production, at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose, November 8 through 13, 2016.

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See the fun promotional video. Sound of Music video

For tickets, Sound of Music tickets

On October 1 and 2, 2016, I will be performing with Santa Cruz Symphony in a wonderful program, featuring Shostakovich 5th symphony.  This has been called the greatest symphony of the 20th century.  A gorgeous, heartbreaking work. At the Civic Center. Listen to the magnificent finale with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. Shostakovich 5

Opening September 10, 2016, Opera San Jose will present “Lucia de Lammermoor”. A beautiful but doomed heroine in a Scottish castle!  One young theater goer said:

“Lucia’s voice cut through literally everything else in a 50-yard radius and made my head vibrate all the way back in the most distant lower seats. The show had excellent props, costumes and lighting.  The flute solo (which Lucia was kind enough to accompany) was absolutely magnificent. In fact, the entire flute section was fabulous and was one of the few sections that could rival the lead singers’ decibels. Overall this was a pleasant experience and real eye-opener for my lady, who was picturing the woman with the horned helmet and braided pigtails on our way in and commenting on how cool the blood was on the way out. We’ll be back for many more shows from OSJ.” lucia

For tickets: Opera San Jose

Through August 28, 2016, The Lamplighters will present our hilarious “The New Mikado”.  My personal favorite of their wonderful collaboration!  This one is a real sparkler, and funnier than ever.  Lamplighters tickets

Listen to my favorite song from this show.  Not what they are singing below, though, haha! Different part of the show!  Three Little Maids from School

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This June and July, 2016, it’s the San Francisco Merola opera program.  Marvelous young opera singers performing the classics.  An orchestra of old professionals 🙂   Sometimes there might be a llama,

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But there are always really pretty costumes.

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Listen to the piccolo solo in the second act of The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky:  (that is me in our production) Rakes Progress Act 2

Here’s the link: San Francisco Opera Merola Production

church 2On Wednesday, May 18, we will perform the magnificent “Saint John Passion”, by Bach, In the breathtaking Stanford Memorial Church.

Listen to my favorite part to play in this piece, the aria “Ich folge dir gleichfalls” (I follow Thee also), for flute and soprano.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJzh1S_eu8M

for tickets, Stanford tickets

This weekend, May 6 and 7, we perform Beethoven’s 9th symphony with Santa Cruz Symphony. Also on the program is Esa-Pekka Salonen’s fascinating “NYX”. This will be a dramatic and beautiful concert! For tickets, http://santacruzsymphony.org/
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Actually, the picture above is the Vienna Philharmonic playing Beethoven’s 9th.  But we will look just like that!  To watch this incredible symphony, check out the Chicago Symphony performance of last year.  At ONE HOUR into the concert, the piccolo player finally gets to play, and it is worth the wait!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOjHhS5MtvA

April 18, 2016. We just finished opening weekend of “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Opera San Jose.  Music by Andre Previn.  Four more performances! This opera is compelling and dramatic.  Not for the faint of heart, but worth the effort!  The orchestra is onstage, and almost part of the action.

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www.operasj.org

Schola Cantorum will present Beethoven’s Mass in C and the Lord Nelson Mass, March 20 at 3pm, Mountain View Center for Performing Arts.  This will be a gorgeous afternoon of music!  

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On March 19,  come sing along for Frederick’s leap year birthday!  It’s the Lamplighter’s annual Pirates of Penzance bash, also at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 8pm.

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for tickets, lamplighters

 

Three new productions starting this weekend of February 12!  Tonight, Ruddigore, the comic operetta of Gilbert and Sullivan.  We will perform this show in Walnut Creek, San Francisco (where we are making the cast recording), and Mountain View.

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Tomorrow night February 13, we open with Carmen at Opera San Jose.  I wish everyone could see this epic work, but unfortunately we do not have enough seats even with six performances.  It is sold out!

On Sunday, for Valentines Day, a romantic evening with the Fremont Symphony.  Ravel’s Bolero, and many more wonderful works.  http://fremontsymphony.org/

Concert-3sm-1-300x125Coming up, Mozart’s masterpiece, “The Marriage of Figaro”.  At the gorgeous and historic California Theater in San Jose.  This is probably the silliest, yet the most sublimely beautiful of all Mozart operas!  OperaSanJose

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This weekend, October 24 and 25, we will be performing music of Bach and Mozart with Masterworks Chorale at Carlmont high school. In the Bach b minor mass, the flute is featured prominently in the Domine Deus.  That will be me!  http://www.masterworks.org

Here is a wonderful performance of this movement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWMn7PkOFjY

On September 12, we open Tosca with Opera San Jose.  Puccini’s epic tale of love and revenge!  Listen to Luciano Pavarotti sing Mario Cavaradossi’s sad final letter to Tosca, from his prison cell.

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Opening on July 31, HMS Pinafore with Lamplighters Music Theatre!  Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular show, and for good reason.  We will perform it in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Mountain View and Livermore. Runs through August 23.

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Here is the wonderful overture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5wEeUhsRnM

 

On July 23 and 25, it’s Puccini’s hilarious opera buffa, Gianni Schicchi at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco.  Listen to the famous aria, ”

O Mio Babbino Caro”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6bSrGbak1g

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Reading the will……….nobody is happy!

 

This Saturday, July 11, Opera in the Park with the wonderful Merola Opera singers.  Picnic begins at 10:30, when we start our rehearsal on the stage at the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco.  Concert begins at 2pm.parkopera1parkopera2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 6, Darth Vader comes to town!  As well as Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter, and other characters from great movies scored by the legendary John Williams.  Pops with Santa Cruz Symphony, 8pm!

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Opening on April 18, Mozart’s Masterpiece, “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute).  This is considered by many to be his greatest work.  Plus, it is hilariously funny!

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For one week only, March 3 through 8, Cinderella comes to town.  This is a Broadway national tour.  http://broadwaysanjose.com/cinderella/

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Where Angels Fear to Tread, a new opera based on the novel by E.M. Forster, opens at the California Theater on February 7.  This will be a world premiere and an epic production!

where-angels-fear-to-treadComing up: Italian Girl in Algiers, by Giochino Rossini.  This is a verrrry silly opera, and a ton of fun!  Opening on November 7.  www.operasj.org

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Wicked was AMAZING. Here was my setup: flute, alto flute, piccolo, soprano recorder, and last but not least, penny whistle.

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And here was me!

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Opening August 1, Pirates of Penzance!  Lamplighters Music Theatre.  http://lamplighters.org

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On August 27, we open in San Jose with the Broadway tour of Wicked.  Not to be missed!

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Opening on September 6, it will be Rigoletto at Opera San Jose.  Verdi’s tragic opera of the jester who loved his only daughter. Information and tickets at OperaSanJose

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On July 17 and 19, it was San Francisco Opera, summer music program.  A concert, semi staged, free in the park on Saturday the 19th, and inside a beautiful theater in the evening on the 17th.

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Back in April, Mozart’s epic opera DON GIOVANNI at Opera San Jose.  Considered to be Mozart’s most perfect opera!  OperaSanJose

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On March 22 and 23, it was Carl Orff’s masterpiece CARMINA BURANA, at Hillsdale High School.  Carl Orff conceived Carmina Burana as a fully-staged production including not only a full chorus and soloists and a very large orchestra, but also scenery, costumes, and dancers.

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In February, 2014, it was the epic story of  Madame Butterfly, in Puccini’s masterpiece.  Opera San Jose, at the California Theater in San Jose.

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more information and tickets at    OperaSanJose

 

In December, it was Nutcracker!

mouse kingAs always, I played flute and piccolo for all performances of this wonderful holiday show, at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose.

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In November, it was Evita, the national tour!  At the Center for the Performing Arts, in San Jose.

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Also in November, Hansel and Gretel at Opera San Jose.

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Whew, busy month!  We also performed “Elijah”, by Felix Mendelssohn,  one of the great masterpieces of the repertoire for chorus and orchestra, with Masterworks Chorale.

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