Free tickets available

For those who still read my journal and enjoy classical music:

January 21,22,23 (Thurs, Fri., and Sat) at 8pm, the BSO and the TFC (of which I will be one) will be performing:

James MacMillan's St. John Passion (American premiere; BSO co-commission)
http://www.bso.org/bso/mods/perf_detail.jsp?pid=prod3240102

MacMillan is a contemporary composer, so it will sound not quite like Bach. While some of it is tonally challenging and a bitch to sing, most of it is quite melodic and beautiful.

Every so often the BSO throws the TFC a bone by giving us free tickets to concerts.

I will have 2 tickets to Thursday's (1/21) performance which I will not use. The tickets I have gotten in the past have always been decent and sometimes been excellent.

I don't read LJ anymore, so I will give the tickets to the first person who emails me.

Keep an eye on this space for future offers.

Another show!

It's show time again. This time I'm playing the tenor lead. Come see me be a twit and rant on about love!

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.        \_________|  G I L B E R T  &  S U L L I V A N  |_________/
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                are proud to present our Fall 2006 production of

                                 The Sorcerer

                           Producer: Rob Morrison '96
              Stage Directors: Garry Zacheiss '00 & Ky Lowenhaupt C
                          Music Director: Jimmy Jia '02



Performances will take place on the following dates and times:

Friday, November 10, 8pm
Saturday, November 11, 8pm
Sunday, November 12, 2pm matinee
Thursday, November 16, 8pm
Friday, November 17, 8pm
Saturday, November 18, 2pm matinee

All performances in La Sala De Puerto Rico in the MIT student center.
(http://whereis.mit.edu/map-jpg?selection=W20&Buildings=go).

MIT Students: $6
Other Students (with ID), Children, Senior Citizens: $8
MIT Community: $10
General Public: $12

Groups of 10 or more receive a $1 discount per ticket when reservations
are made at least 24 hours in advance.

For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit
http://web.mit.edu/gsp/www or call (617) 253-0190 or email
gsp-tickets@mit.edu. Please make your reservations at least 24 hours in
advance to ensure that your request is processed.
  • Current Music
    Scheherazade

(no subject)

Come see me sing Mack the Knife.

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.   |____| THE MIT |                                     | PLAYERS |___|
.        \_________|  G I L B E R T  &  S U L L I V A N  |_________/
.                  \_____________________________________/

                are proud to present our Summer 2006 production of

                             The Threepenny Opera

                          Libretto by Bertolt Brecht
                             Music by Kurt Weill
                English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein

                            Producer: Garry Zacheiss '00
                      Stage Director: Ky Lowenhaupt C
                      Music Director: Thomas Dawkins


Saturday, July 22nd at 8pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 2pm (matinee)
Thursday, July 27th at 8pm
Friday, July 28th at 8pm
Saturday, July 29th at 8pm

All shows are in Kresge Little Theater (in the basement of Kresge
Auditorium at 48 Massachusetts Ave.)

MIT Students: $6
Other Students (with ID), Children, Senior Citizens: $8
MIT Community: $10
General Public: $12

Groups of 10 or more receive a $1 discount per ticket when reservations
are made at least 24 hours in advance.

For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit
http://web.mit.edu/gsp/www or call (617) 253-0190 or email
gsp-tickets@mit.edu. Please make your reservations at least 24 hours in
advance to ensure that your request is processed.

Birthday BBQ and Housewarming

My Birthday is at the end of June, and I also moved into a much nicer apt. in Waltham last July. So clearly, it's time for a housewarming party!

Date: Sunday, July 9, 2006
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 83 Brown St. #2, Waltham, MA 02453

I'll supply Hot dogs, Hamburgers, and Bratwurst. Maybe chicken if I'm feeling adventurous or if I have some help. If you want something else on the grill, please bring it. Also, please bring a side dish (even chips would be fine!) or some beverages if you can. But if you can't, don't let that prevent you from coming.

RSVPs are appreciated so I have a vague clue as to how much food to acquire.

I have 2 cats which will confined to the indoors; one of them will probably be within view, and one will probably be hiding. Medicate appropriately, or spend most of your time on the roofdeck.

The apartment is not fully kid proof, so if you bring little ones, you will probably want to supervise them somewhat.

I'm sure I've forgotten to invite many people. Please feel free to bring along anyone you like or forward this to people that should have been invited.

Directions:

Here's a map

I am no longer off the Red line. If you need to take public transport, I'm about a 10-15 minute walk from the Waltham commuter rail station. There are also buses. (Check out the routes for 70A, 170, 505, 553/554 and 556/558). If it's a hardship, and you don't have a car, let me know and we'll figure something out.

Bus Schedules can be found here

There is a fair amount of parking on the street.

To sing or not to sing, that is the question...

Hmm. So I have this dilemma. I find out from the cute 24 yr old grad student at the party last night (why are all the cute women I meet these days 24?) that the MIT concert choir is going to Switzerland for 10 days in Mayish. They are singing the Brahms Requiem, which is one of my all time favorite pieces. They expect some funding to mitigate the cost. And I know the conductor (Bill Cutter), and apparently he's on the lookout for good tenors. So I might be able to go. The only thing is...it would be hanging out with a group of people I don't know who are probably 10-15 years younger than I. Opinions?
  • Current Music
    Schoenberg - Gurrelieder

To audition or not audition, that is the question....

Hmm. So the last day for auditions for Patience with MITG&SP are tomorrow night. I was hoping to do 12 Angry Men with Theatre@First, but they couldn't get the rights. So I possibly could do Patience. Except that I'm doing every concert with TFC this spring, so a good portion of my time is already alloted to that. Including the Monday and Tuesday during prod week. I generally enjoy doing a show with G&S, so if they are flexible with my time commitments, I would enjoy it. But it would pretty much eat up all my free time. I suppose I could audition, see what part I get, and then make a more informed decision. But lately, I've felt like if I'm just chorus it doesn't justify all the time required for the rehearsals and the performances. Maybe it's because I need to be in the spotlight at least some of the time? For Mikado I turned them down when they offered me chorus, and I kinda don't want to do that again if that's what happens. I'm rambling. Time for sleep. Maybe I'll have a better idea tomorrow.
  • Current Music
    Schoenberg - Gurrelieder

upcoming concerts

I have a bunch of concerts coming up:


Verdi: Requiem

Cantata Singers (http://www.cantatasingers.org).
Jordan Hall
Friday, 11/11 @ 8pm
Sunday, 11/13 @ 3pm

This should be an excellent concert, the group is top notch, and so are the
soloists. It's in Jordan hall, so it won't be exhorbitant to get good seats
(and I suggest buying tickets sooner rather than later; they are going fast).
Tickets are available at:

https://secure.cantatasingers.org/orderforms/tickets05-06.htm


Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
TFC/BSO
Symphony Hall
Thursday, 12/1 @ 8pm
Friday, 12/2 @ 1:30pm
Saturday, 12/3 @ 8pm

I've loved this piece ever since I first sang it, and am eager to
see what Levine does with it. Tickets available at:

http://www.bso.org/schedule.jhtml?navType=def&month=12&year=2005&brand=


Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
TFC/BSO
Symphony Hall
Thursday, 1/19 @ 8pm
Friday, 1/20 @ 8pm
Saturday, 1/21 @ 8pm

Tickets available at:

http://www.bso.org/schedule.jhtml?navType=def&month=1&year=2006&brand=


Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
TFC/BSO
Symphony Hall
Thursday, 2/23 @ 8pm
Friday, 2/24 @ 8pm
Saturday, 2/25 @ 8pm

This should be quite amazing. Three separate men's choruses, 4 part
divisi in the women, and a huge orchestra. And a quote by John Oliver,
Director of TFC,

"For those of you scared by the word 'Schoenberg', fear not. This piece is
written in the very late romantic syle --as in Wagner and Mahler-- and is
absolutely gorgeous. It was composed long before Schoenberg's harmonic
language took the adventurous turn toward atonality. You will find it a great
and fulfilling experience."

Tonal music by Schoenberg. Who knew?

Tickets available at:

http://www.bso.org/schedule.jhtml?navType=def&month=2&year=2006&brand=


And as always, I'll be singing Pops. If you want tickets, let me know, I can
probably get you good seats and maybe cheaper than from bso.org.
  • Current Music
    Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms