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Baltimore Opera Theatre came and went in what seemed like a flash. Amid these and other changes, Baltimore Concert Opera , founded by former Baltimore Opera singers, has managed to hang on and maintain a steady course. The organization, which just opened its fifth season, presents unstaged operas in the relatively intimate ballroom of the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion (Engineer’s Club), with only piano accompaniment. An opera given in concert form without an orchestra is far more limiting than one without costumes or sets. But, at its best, this company is able to make the pared-down experience quite satisfying when assembling a cast that can make the music come alive. A good example came Sunday afternoon with a performance of Donizetti’s endearing “L’elisir d’amore.” Lately, Baltimore Concert Opera has been getting a useful benefit from founder Brendan Cooke’s dual duties these days. In addition to serving as artistic director of the Baltimore ensemble, he recently became general director of Opera Delaware. Now, singers engaged for one can also perform for the other. Opera Delaware will present a staged version of “L’elisir” next week; cast and conductor, in effect, got the advantage of having a couple extra run-throughs of the piece in Baltimore. The singers had the score in their heads (no music stands for this performance, as has often been the case). And, having been through some of the staging rehearsals for Wilmington, the cast easily tossed in a lot of acting (and inter-acting) here. The performance was anything but a mere concert. I was especially interested to hear William Davenport again. The tenor showed unusual promise when he was a Peabody Conservatory student not that long ago. Judging by the confidence he demonstrated in his portrayal of lovesick Nemorino in “L’elisir,” it seems that Davenport is settling into the profession nicely. In terms of styling, the singer is a natural, attentive to text and the shape of phrases; “Una furtiva lagrima” was elegantly molded.
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The band ended the show after only three songs. Britney Spears (2009) Location: Hartford, Conn. What happened: Britney Spears was performing “Womanizer” during an encore when an audience member lept onto the stage. Spears was visibly frightened, shaking and calling for help into a microphone headset that was obviously turned off. (Skip ahead to the 2:15 marker to watch Spears’ brief freakout.) Amy Winehouse (2008) Location: Pilton, England What happened: While performing at the Glastonbury Festival, Amy Winehouse climbed down from the stage to sing among the crowd. A fan tossed his hat into the air, hitting Winehouse’s beehive hairdo and prompting her to take out her ire by elbowing an unsuspecting fan who had not actually thrown the hat. Fall Out Boy (2007) Location: Chicago What happened: During a SPIN Magazine party at a rock club, Fall Out Boy’s acoustic set was punctuated by a fan shouting insults at the band, particularly lead singer Pete Wentz, calling him a “sellout.” Wentz engaged the fan in some onstage banter but proceeded with the show. While he was exiting the venue after the show, the heckler grabbed Wentz’s hoodie, and Wentz punched him in retaliation. Akon (2008) Location: Fishkill, N.Y. What happened: After a 15-year-old concertgoer tossed something onto the stage during Akon’s performance, the rapper summoned the crowd to point out the perpetrator. Security guards then brought the teen onstage, and Akon proceeded to lift him onto his shoulders and fling him back into the crowd. He landed on another crowd member, who reportedly suffered a concussion.
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Get Walt Disney Concert Hall News and alerts free to your inbox At Sept. 30s gala under a tent on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., Dudamel said he was fed turkey jerky for the first time on a plane ride and it gave him ideas. This wonderful party for music is a good thing, he said, praising his orchestra and when there was a smattering of applause, added, But louder, please. Deborah Borda, prexy of the L.A. Phil, said: Gustavo had a crazy, amazing idea for tonight. We told him it couldnt be done and then we found a videographer, Netia Jones, who could do it. The concert included screens suspended from the ceiling, which showed the development of the hall from sketches to models to the finished building, all set to music played by the L.A. Phil. Interspersed were interviews from architect Frank Gehry as well as newspaper articles that criticized and praised the facility. The program ranged from music by Bach and Tchaikovsky to tunes from Disney films with solo perfs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Gehry himself came up to the podium and pretended to conduct but didnt speak to the audience, which included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Julie Andrews, John Williams, Albert Brooks, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Michael Eisner, Alan Horn, Jane Fonda, Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris ODonnell, Emmy Rossum, Jane Seymour and William Shatner. About $5 million was raised from the gala for the Phils education programs.
This will be the first time for a bunch of things, he says, including: The first performance where he was hired directly by a university to perform, instead of through a commercial booking agency. The first time Into the Fire, the stirring breakout anthem of The Scarlet Pimpernel, will be sung with a large chorus of mens voices at his concert. The first time works from his latest show Excalibur, which will open in Switzerland in March, will be publicly performed. The first time songs will be included from Bonnie & Clyde, his last-seen-on-Broadway musical. Bonnie & Clyde is bittersweet for me, he explains. I love it very much, and audiences love the show. Its been staged internationally and been a hit everywhere its played, except for one city, New York City. While Jekyll & Hyde ran for four years on Broadway, his subsequent musicals have struggled to duplicate the long-running, widely sold out success. Wildhorn is highly popular with audiences, but he still gets the cold shoulder from some New York theater critics adverse to his pop pedigree. Wildhorn is aware that The Scarlet Pimpernel is immensely popular in Utah and he lights up to learn that Bonnie & Clyde will receive its state premiere when Utah Repertory Theater Company produces the fan-favorite musical Nov. 8-23. Im so excited that Utah will be able to see Bonnie & Clyde, he says.