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{WEAR} {News3} :: Entertainment News - PENSACOLA SYMPHONY"S "DON QUIXOTE"

On Saturday March 7th, join the Pensacola Symphony for an unforgettable performance that features Strauss’ Don Quixote, starring the talented cellist Scott Kluksdahl, as well as Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. The concert will take place at 8:00pm in Downtown Pensacola at the Saenger Theatre.

Under the direction of Maestro Peter Rubardt and joined by guest cellist Scott Kluksdahl, the PSO will start the evening with Don Quixote by Richard Strauss - a programmatic tone-poem based on the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. To portray the story’s many winding adventures, Strauss brilliantly set his music as a theme-and-variations, while also giving the two main characters their own solo instrument. The cello, performed by Kluksdahl, represents the muddled Don Quixote - and his saner squire Sancho Panza is voiced by the viola, featuring PSO’s own Brian Brown. Strauss’ piece tells the story so handily that one needs little more than the title to understand at all.

Following intermission is Felix Mendelssohn’s delightful Symphony No. 4 Italian. It was inspired during a grand tour of Europe that exposed him to the latest musical styles and ideas for his own works. You can hear Mendelssohn’s cheerful first encounters with Italy in the dashing themes of the first movement. It’s followed by a slower section built from his memories of witnessing a religious march, then comes a similar flowing and lyrical third movement. The finale is a vivacious imitation of the Italian saltarello, whirling about like the dance that it is - before evolving into a wild tarantella to end the evening with a bang!

There will be a special matinee dress rehearsal for the concert, beginning at 2pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Palafox entrance of the Saenger Theatre. Starting at 7pm, Dr. Larry Reed will present Classical Conversations. It’s a chance for you to “go behind the scenes”. You’ll learn about what went behind each piece of music, as well as the opportunity to listen and interact with the evening’s guest artist. The event is free with your concert ticket.

Tickets are on sale now and start at only $22. Call the PSO office at (850) 435-2533 or order online at www.pensacolasymphony.com



Pensacola Opera is pleased to present W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s classically clever comedy, The Pirates of Penzance, on Friday, March 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 15 at 2:00pm at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The Pirates of Penzance will be performed in English with subtitles projected above the stage. Ticket prices start at just $25.
Audiences will laugh through the comedic misadventures of the deferential Frederic, who, by way of a terrible misunderstanding, is thrust into the life of piratehood. One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operas, The Pirates of Penzance is packed with wit, trickery and good ‘ole pirate charm paired with contagiously buoyant melodies, sure to get you humming along.

This production will be directed by Brian Clay Leudloff and conducted by Jerome Shannon. Casting includes Matthew Konopacki as Samuel, Melissa Parks as Ruth, Craig Irvin as The Pirate King, Ryan MacPherson as Frederic, Ariana Wehr as Edith, Juliana Curcio as Kate, Cecily Blackledge as Isabel, Sharin Apostolou as Mabel, Curt Olds as Major General Stanley and Matthew Lau as Sergeant of Police. Costume design is by Glenn Avery Breed, with sets designed by Michael Schweikardt courtesy of Florida State University. The production will also feature members of the Pensacola Opera Chorus and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

While there are only two performances, there are opportunities for audiences to immerse themselves in the production - ranging from meeting the cast and artists involved and learning about visual art in the time period of The Pirates of Penzance. Each event provides unique access and insights into the production, making them enjoyable and informative for newcomers and enthusiasts alike.

Please see below for details about each of these events.

Sunday, March 8 | 3:00pm at the Pensacola Museum of Art | FREE
Presented in partnership with the Pensacola Museum of Art, this informal lecture includes presentations by an art historian and the Opera’s Education Director, Amanda Cook, discussing the relationship between visual art and music during the period of The Pirates of Penzance. Musical excerpts are performed by our Artists in Residence. Gallery Talks are FREE and open to the public.

Friday, March 13 | Immediately following the production at Saenger Theatre
Celebrate opening night with the stars! Immediately following the production, you can enjoy a catered reception and have the chance to meet the cast, directors and conductor involved with the opera. Tickets are $50; $40 for subscribers. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (850) 433-6737. Visit www.pensacolaopera.com for more information.


{WEAR} {News3} :: Entertainment News - BALLET PENSACOLA PRESENTS “ALADDIN”

Love, trickery, and triumph is sure to excite audiences of all ages AS Ballet Pensacola invites you to attend the season’s final performance, “Aladdin.” Featuring intricate stage displays and special effects, the performance will include a flying carpet and multiple genies. This new interpretation of the classic story will be set to the contemporary music of E.S. Posthumus.

Performances are March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30pm at the Pensacola Cultural Center. Single ticket prices are $19-$31 and may be purchased through the Pensacola Cultural Center Box Office at 850-432-2042 or www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.

“Aladdin” is generously sponsored by Emerald Coast Smiles by Design, Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, Massage Envy Spa, Dr. and Mrs. Charlie Roth, and Sacred Heart Health System. For more information, visit www.balletpensacola.com.

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