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Adventures in Opera: Previews of The MetLive in HD - Porgy & Bess -- John Frey

November 30, 2019

 

 

 Wednesday, January 29, 2020  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 

Odd Fellows Hall, San Luis Obispo

 

$4 for LLCC members, $10 for non-members

 

Register Now for "Adventures in Opera -- Porgy & Bess" on Brown Paper Tickets

 

Your favorite opera expert John Frey will be enhancing your enjoyment of the upcoming New York Met Opera Season Broadcasts that will be shown at the PAC at Cal Poly.  LLCC is sponsoring John's previews for each of these operas prior to their showings in the theater venues. The previews will be a discussion of the plots and characters that will prepare you to better understand and enjoy these new MET productions.

 

Porgy and Bess

 

            Porgy and Bess is an opera with music by George Gershwin, and lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. It is based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an "American folk opera," Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers - a daring artistic choice at the time.

 

            Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer.

 

 

*LLCC previews at Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St, SLO

**Downtown Cinema (SLO), Galaxy (Atascadero)

***Performing Arts Center, Sponsored by Cal PolyArts, OperaSLO

 

Tickets for the actual The MetLive in HD showings must be purchased at the various venues independently of the fees for this preview course.

 

John Frey taught chemistry and engaged in chemical research for 45 years at several universities and is now retired.  He served on the Board of Directors of Festival Mozaic from 2014-2017, OperaSLO from 1999-present, Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast from 2012-present and SLO Master Chorale. He is a member of the Rotary Club of SLO.  He teaches courses on opera and musical theater for LLCC and OperaSLO. He has 70 years of choral experience and has performed in the chorus of OperaSLO. He has a lifelong passion for opera and musical theater.

 

 

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