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Palm Beach Opera is thrilled to announce a pioneering collaboration with The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches.  CROSSINGS: Two Traditions. One Musical Heritage. is a one-night-only concert event that tells the story of opera and the traditional African American spiritual and will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.

The concert will uncover the musical threads that connect the traditional African American spiritual to opera, showcasing significant moments in both musical worlds and bringing together communities through song.

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by calling the Palm Beach Opera Box Office at 561-833-7888 or online at www.crossingsconcert.org.

CROSSINGS will feature Miami-based international opera singer Neil Nelson, baritone; Palm Beach Opera Associate Conductor and Chorus Master Greg Ritchey, piano; Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artists; and the award-winning Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches led by Dr. Orville Lawton.

Concert repertoire will feature standard spirituals such as Old Time Religion and My soul’s been anchored in the Lord, as well as selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Verdi’s Nabucco, and Bernstein’s Candide.

WHO:             Palm Beach Opera and The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches

WHAT:           CROSSINGS: Two Traditions. One Musical Heritage

WHEN:          Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM

WHERE:        Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461

TICKETS:      $25 Each. Call 561-833-7888 or buy online at http://www.crossingsconcert.org/

 

PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

Neil Nelson: https://www.dropbox.com/s/eco1bmo9dwbvdzp/Neil%20Nelson.jpeg?dl=0

Greg Ritchey: https://www.dropbox.com/s/seeddwz7k4egwaa/Greg%20Ritchey.jpg?dl=0

The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rzwa5fio9uj92cl/Ebony%20Chorale.jpg?dl=0

Dr. Orville Lawton: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ws0v4opgekxq0y5/OrvilleLawton.JPG?dl=0

 

ABOUT THE EBONY CHORALE OF THE PALM BEACHES

The mission of The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches is to keep alive an awareness of the African-American heritage through the preservation and performance of the Negro Spiritual, a song that came out of the slavery experience. Through its performances of the Negro Spirituals, the Chorale seeks to raise, as well as reaffirm, the great tradition and contribution made to American music by African-Americans.

 

ABOUT PALM BEACH OPERA

Palm Beach Opera is dedicated to producing live opera at an international standard of excellence and to enriching the life of the communities it serves with a diverse offering of educational programs. Founded in 1961, the fully professional Palm Beach Opera presents mainstage performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and is a proud member of OPERA America and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

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An Afternoon with Musa Ngqungwana
South African Bass-Baritone & Author of Odyssey of An African Opera Singer
Sunday, January 17, 2016 2:30pm-4:30pm
Jenkins House
815 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL
Attendance is Complimentary.  Refreshments will be served. Signed books will be available for sale.
Presented by
Artist Showcase of the Palm Beaches and Palm Beach Opera

Events

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Comic mayhem ensues when a rollicking band of pirates plots to keep a young man from leaving their employ. Mistakenly apprenticed as a child, Frederick was to be released on his 21st birthday but, alas, being born on February 29th, he’s technically only five years old.  Appearing on the Palm Beach Opera stage for the very first time, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is an uproarious comedy with razor-sharp wit, and a brilliant score full of memorable melodies that will have you humming (or rather pattering) long after you leave the theater!

Sung in English with English translations projected above the stage.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Comic mayhem ensues when a rollicking band of pirates plots to keep a young man from leaving their employ. Mistakenly apprenticed as a child, Frederick was to be released on his 21st birthday but, alas, being born on February 29th, he’s technically only five years old.  Appearing on the Palm Beach Opera stage for the very first time, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is an uproarious comedy with razor-sharp wit, and a brilliant score full of memorable melodies that will have you humming (or rather pattering) long after you leave the theater!

Sung in English with English translations projected above the stage.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Comic mayhem ensues when a rollicking band of pirates plots to keep a young man from leaving their employ. Mistakenly apprenticed as a child, Frederick was to be released on his 21st birthday but, alas, being born on February 29th, he’s technically only five years old.  Appearing on the Palm Beach Opera stage for the very first time, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is an uproarious comedy with razor-sharp wit, and a brilliant score full of memorable melodies that will have you humming (or rather pattering) long after you leave the theater!

Sung in English with English translations projected above the stage.

RIGOLETTO
by Giuseppe Verdi

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Powerful forces unravel this tragic story of a father’s love, deception, debauchery, and revenge. Originally named ‘The Curse’, the lives of a hunch-backed jester and a lecherous Duke collide in Verdi’s brilliant masterpiece of passion and vengeance. Featuring some of opera’s most famous melodies, Rigoletto is the story of a daughter abducted, a father outraged, and a curse fulfilled.