September 9, 2009 > Symphony and Opera bring best of both worlds
Symphony and Opera bring best of both worlds
By Eman Isadiar
A regional favorite - Fremont Symphony - will open its 46th season on Saturday, September 26 with highlights from the world's best-loved operas in concert with Fremont Opera stars. These include arias from Carmen, Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Pagliacci, Rigoletto and others sung by Fremont Opera stars soprano NaGuanda Nobles, mezzo-Soprano Layna Chianakas, tenor Mathew Edwardsen and baritone Scott Bearden.
The opening night concert will follow a special dinner program called "Entr'acte" to celebrate the new season with Maestro Sloss and the artists. A limited number of dinner tickets are available and can be purchased separately through the Fremont Symphony box office.
After sampling the world of opera, area residents can also enjoy a taste of ballet. The annual holiday tradition of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet will once again brighten the season for local families with three performances (including two matinees) on December 5 - 6. This fully-staged production will feature the award-winning dancers of Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Academy accompanied live by the Fremont Symphony Orchestra.
On February 27, renowned concert pianist Adam Neiman will perform some of the greatest works of the keyboard repertoire. This rare recital by an exceptional artist is surely a highlight of the new season. It is noteworthy that, while currently at the height of his concert career as a mature artist, Mr. Neiman won Fremont Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition at age nine.
The season will conclude on May 15, with an eagerly awaited tribute to Broadway led by guest conductor Greg "Suds" Sudmeier. The program includes the Sweeney Todd Suite for Orchestra and excerpts from Music Man, Wicked, The Producers, Chicago, West Side Story, A?da and more.
Whether a fan of opera, ballet, piano, Broadway or all of the above, Fremont Symphony Orchestra's 46th season is sure to have something in store for nearly every musical taste and temperament. It is a veritable "World of Music at Your Door."
For tickets and information, visit http://www.fremontsymphony.org or call (510) 794-1659.
Fremont Opera and Symphony
Saturday, September 26
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Entr'acte Tickets: $75
Dinner at the Maestro's Table: $125 (limited to 8 guests)
Reservations accepted till September 11