November 30, 2009

HSO presents vocal extravaganza: Opera excerpts and Gounod Mass

Music director Jed Gaylin and the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra will this week welcome several guest artists for an evening of opera excerpts and Gounod’s rarely performed St. Cecilia Mass. The soloists are soprano Lori Hultgren, tenor Richard Crawley and bass Robert Cantrell, with the Johns Hopkins Choral Society and the Goucher Chorus. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Homewood’s Shriver Hall Auditorium. WBJC-FM program director Jonathan Palevsky will give the pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

The opera excerpts are Act V of Gounod’s Faust, an aria from Act III of Puccini’s Tosca and selections from Verdi’s Aida, Macbeth, La Forza del Destino and Otello.

Conductor Gaylin says of the program, “I love moving from the operatic characters’ raw expressions of love, jealousy, foreboding, scheming, betrayal and redemption to the celestial splendor of Gounod’s Mass.”

Admission to the concert is free for Johns Hopkins and Goucher students. Tickets are $8 for other students, seniors (60+) and Johns Hopkins and Goucher affiliates. General admission is $10.

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