STARS OF LYRIC OPERA Concert Plays Millennium Park Tonight
Both designer and singer sounded thrilled with the collaboration. I respect her eye for structure and detail, Monae said in a post-show interview of Minkoffs collection. And oh my God, the shoes were incredible. I almost forgot the words to my song when I was looking at them on the runway. She was referring to Minkoffs patterned, knee-high gladiator heels, popping with colors like red and pink, and also her ankle boots with multi-colored tassels. The creations also earned plaudits from another celebrity in attendance: Kelly Osbourne. Are those just the sickest things EVER? exulted Osbourne in an interview, pointing to the tasseled ankle boots that Minkoff herself was sporting. Id love to wear them. My legs arent skinny enough for the gladiators, but I could wear those. Monae, her hair in its signature pompadour style, was dressed not in Minkoffs creations, but in her usual color palette of black and white this time, a white top and riding pants, with black suspenders and black boots. Her band, four musicians and two backup singers, wore the same colors, with the singers in striped tops and white Minkoff shoes. Minkoff said that when she was asked by American Express for a wish list of performers to work with on the show, Monae was her first choice. Added Monae: She wanted to make sure that I could see her (clothing) line in me. And I could. Art inspires art. And besides, Monae said: Shes a Sagittarius like me.
(Photo: Varinder Chawla) Related UN must back Syria action after verifying facts on chemical gas attack, says PM Gul Panag is set to host renowned music conductor Zubin Mehta’s concert in Kashmir and the actress says she is glad to have got the opportunity to be part of such a historic event. Tomorrow’s concert is being organised by the German Embassy in collaboration with the Centre and the state government. 77-year-old Mehta, an Indian-origin maestro in western classical music, will conduct Munich’s Bavarian State Orchestra before guests, including ministers and diplomats at Shalimar Bagh. “I am looking forward to hosting this concert. I was personally asked by the German ambassador to be part of the event and I readily agreed and why not. It is the perfect setting- music maestro Zubin Mehta’s concert at Shalimar Bagh in Kashmir. I would not miss this for anything,” Gul told PTI. The concert will be held amid heavy security arrangements as several civil society groups are opposing it. The 34-year-old former Miss India, however, feels such a musical event should not be opposed and rather encouraged. “Music is the only medium that can break barriers. It can go beyond all disputes, political tensions. And also, I feel it is important to have such an event there as it will bring back the focus to Kashmiri music scene which seems to have gone into oblivion,” Gul said.
The authorities in Srinagar said that all necessary steps would be taken to maintain law and order on Saturday. Such official statements in the past have often meant imposition of restrictions so that anti-social elements are prevented from disturbing the peace. Whether or not these steps include disallowing the parallel concert needs to be watched. Omar Abdullah hits out at double standard separatists Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday accused separatist groups of having double standards towards voicing their opposition to a concert in Srinagar, saying no one protested when Pakistani band Junoon performed in the city. The states biggest ever musical extravaganza in the state is set to feature renowned conductor Zubin Mehta. “These (separatists) people are selective. This is not the first music concert in Kashmir. If music is anti-Islam, against the issue of Kashmir, how come Junoon came and performed here,” he said. “Nobody raised any voice on that. Then there should have been a shutdown for Junoon also,” he told reporters after reviewing arrangements for Mehta’s concert on Saturday at Shalimar Mughal Garden on the banks of Dal Lake. The Pakistani band had performed in the city in May 2008. Omar said that the controversy about the concert has been blown out of proportion.
On Friday, both sides could claim to be winning. The predominantly western classical music concert, conducted by Zubin Mehta and performed by the Bavarian State Orchestra, is on course. However, the closure of shops and educational institutions in Srinagar will ensure the separatists too have made their point. ‘Kashmir chose me’ “I didn’t choose Kashmir, Kashmir chose me,” said Zubin Mehta in New Delhi, brushing aside controversies surrounding his concert. It’ll be Tchaikovsky under the shadow of terror. Cops arrested two Lashkar militants from Channapora on the outskirts of Srinagar and also recovered one assault rifle, one pistol and two grenades from Maisuma bazaar. That apart, three little-known militant groups Al Nasireen, Farzandan-e-Milat and Shuhda Brigade considered to be shadow outfits of Lashkar-e-Taiba, have threatened to target Western tourists if the organizers go ahead with the event, intelligence agencies said. Sources said police have carried out surprise checks at Lal Chowk and Hyderpora. Sharpshooters and armoured vehicles are stationed in strategic areas. However, until 5pm on Friday, road blocks leading to Shalimar Bagh were minimal. Protests against the concert have so far been seen at press conferences and on the internet. After Friday prayers, one minor incident of stone pelting occurred near a CRPF bunker in the city’s downtown area. Graffitis like “No to Zubin, No to Israel” have appeared in Old City.
Zubin Mehta’s Kashmir concert: Battle of music vs sound of silence
Also performing will be current Ryan Opera Center ensemble members Laura Wilde, soprano, and Anthony Clark Evans, baritone. The Lyric Opera Chorus will be prepared by the company’s returning chorus master, Michael Black, who previously served as Lyric’s chorus master in the 2011-12 season. “I’m delighted that our magnificent chorus can be so prominently featured in this concert,” saysAnthony Freud, Lyric’s general director. “Along with our exceptional orchestra and soloists they will be heard by an enormous and appreciative audience, both in the beautiful Pritzker Pavilion and Millennium Park grounds and on the radio broadcast.” The evening will open with the overture from Berlioz’s Beatrice et Benedict. Several selections from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly follow: “Un bel di” (Ana Maria Martinez/Cio-Cio-San), “Addio, fiorito asil” (James Valenti/Pinkerton), the humming chorus (Lyric Opera Chorus), and “Bimba, bimba non piangere” (Martinez, Valenti, and Laura Wilde/Suzuki). Following intermission, the chorus will be featured in the Preludeto Act Three and Bridal Chorus of Wagner’s Lohengrin, “Fuoco di Gioia” from Verdi’s Otello, and the Anvil Chorus from Verdi’s Il trovatore. The concert will close with Act Three, scene two of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the famed “Mad Scene,” performed by Albina Shagimuratova/Lucia, Evan Boyer/Raimondo, Anthony Clark Evans/Enrico, and the Chorus. The September 7 free outdoor concert is Lyric’s thirteenth. It will take place in Millennium Park’sJay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry. The Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park free concert will be carried live on 98.7WFMTand wfmt.com . Peter Van de Graaff, 98.7WFMT’s program director and “Through the Night” host, and Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg, will host the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert broadcast beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Sat., Sept.
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To order advance tickets, call 302-831-2204. Tickets for all events are $25 for adults, $20 for UD faculty, staff, alumni and seniors, and $10 for students with ID. There are two subscription series, with a six-concert subscription priced at $120 for adults, $96 for seniors, alumni, faculty and staff, and $48 for students. A four-concert subscription is $88 for adults, $72 for seniors, alumni, faculty and staff, and $36 for students. In addition to the Oct. 18 concert, there will be master classes held free of charge from 1:25-2:15 p.m. that afternoon, with pianist Joel Hastings in Gore Recital Hall and cellist Alan Stepansky in Puglisi Orchestra Hall. Coming attractions Friday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Gore Recital Hall. The Kavafian Duo will perform with collaborative pianist Jonathan Feldman as a part of the MPCS Great Musical Families Recital Series. Last year, the Paul Kantor family trio gave the inaugural performance and this year the world famous Kavafian family will showcase two sister performers — Ida and Ani Kavafian. As artists on the roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the sisters, who are world-class violinists and violists, have performed with the symphonies of Detroit, Colorado, Tucson, San Antonio and Cincinnati, and have recorded the music of Mozart and Sarasate on the Nonesuch label. They celebrated the 25th anniversary of their first performance together at Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2008 with a concert at Lincoln Center, which featured their Curtis Institute and Yale University students and colleagues.