Events - Past

Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 6:00 PM
Krya Saltman and friends!

Cellist Kyra Saltman brings sizzle and refined virtuosity to the cello! Kyra is joined by members of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble for a mix of solo cello, and string quartet led by guitar. Guest artists include 2nd Pres. favorite - violinist Maria Storm!

join Kyra for this unique performance of music across styles and ages.


Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Petar Jankovic (Guitar); Maria Storm (Violin); Azusa Tashiro (Violin); Amanda Grimm (Viola); Kyra Saltman (Cello)
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 2:00 PM
Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd fills the air with virtuoso acoustic guitar. Catch this rare moment to hear this highly-acclaimed performer in the gorgeous space of Second Presbyterian Church.
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artist: Rupert Boyd (Guitar)
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 6:00 PM
TRIA, a modern combo of flute-viola-harp, brings to life the “impressionistic” side of music.
Enjoy sound painted with the silver flashes of the flute, the earthy-rich string tones of viola, and the glimmering resonance of the harp. This unique ensemble, comprised of flutist Rachael Smith, violist Erin Updegraff, and harpist Jennifer Ruggieri, offers an expanse of sensuous and evocative musical impressions.

Rachael Smith has been playing flute for over twenty years. She has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in the Greater Philadelphia Area, toured across Europe, and has over 10 years of orchestral and chamber music experience. In 2009, Rachael was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of DePaul University's Graduate Woodwind Quintet. In addition to Tria, she performs as Principal Flute with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra. Rachael earned her Bachelor's of Music in Flute Performance from Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, and her Master's degree in Flute Performance from DePaul University.


Erin Updegraff has been playing viola in large and small ensembles for the past 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's degree in Viola Performance from DePaul University. In addition to Tria, she plays in Dolce Strings and is a member of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.


Jennifer Ruggieri is a professional harpist serving the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master’s degree in Harp Performance from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts. She has more than 10 years experience performing with chamber and orchestral ensembles. In addition to performing, Jennifer offers private harp lessons to both children and adults in Chicago and Crystal Lake, IL. Jennifer is also a Lyon & Healy certified harp technician serving several areas around the country.

http://www.triamusic.com
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Rachael Marion Smith (Flute); Jennifer Ruggieri (Harp); Erin Updegraff (Viola)
Ensemble: Tria
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 3:30 PM
Each piece reflects on the past and re-creates a new present from distant, sometimes vague and fugitive memories.

From reflections on Ancient Greece, medieval France, 17th and 20th century London, through modern-era Los Angeles and Hong Kong, three quite diverse composers present their compelling tales of memories, passions, and fate.

The award-winning, internationally-acclaimed composer Angel Lam visits the NSO for the world premiere of her work Memories from My Previous Lives, a work “about a fragment of a memory or dream that haunted my mind numerous times; it seems to yearn for remembrance.” Memories is rich in colors, and pulses with vivid rhythms and imagery. Angel is a two-time ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner; two-time recipient of Carnegie Hall commissions including works for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: her work received nomination for a 2011 GRAMMY Award.

The NSO musicians bring each to life in layers of color, texture, and rhythm. The echoes of human endeavors combine in re-occurring themes, blending twists and turns of tension, serenity and sensuous grace.

Discover how we continually create our present from the past - as only music can express.
Presenter: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Lucien Werner
Purcell: Gordian Knot Unty'd, Z 597: Suite
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Lam: Memories from My Previous Lives
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Franck: Symphony in D minor, Op. 48
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 6:00 PM
The fluid and beautiful sounds of saxophonist Masahito Sugihara and flutist Jennifer Brimson Cooper melt the frosts of winter as they perform new and transcribed works for this distinctive blend of colors.

Lyrical and breathless eloquence will warm the soul as the Awea Duo weaves a magical spell of winter dreams.


Masahito Sugihara is the assistant professor of saxophone at Sam Houston State University. He earned the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. Mas has appeared as recitalist and clinician in Brazil Canada, Norway, Japan, Scotland, and United States. He is a member of Awea Duo and Amethyst Saxophone Quartet, and has performed in the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, Grant Park Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Network for New Music, New York City Ballet, and Reading Symphony. An advocate of contemporary music, he has worked with such notable composers including, Lee Hyla, Christian Lauba, Lei Liang, Zhou Long, Alvin Lucier, François Rossé, Mari Takano, Hans Tomalla, and Marc-Anthony Turnage. As an avid arranger, Mas has transcribed a wide range of compositions for flute/sax duo, reed quartet, saxophone quartet, and larger saxophone ensembles.

Previously, he was the assistant professor of saxophone at Morehead State University and has taught saxophone and chamber music in the Chicago area at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Trinity Christian College.


Jennifer Brimson Cooper has performed throughout Great Britain, Canada and the U.S. with solo appearances with the Brott Music Festival Orchestra, Cincinnati’s MusicX festival, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and Wilfrid Laurier University Symphony. She served as principal flute with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne. She is currently working on a recording of Canadian flute duos scheduled for summer 2013.

Jennifer received her doctoral degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and MMus from the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Peter Lloyd. She serves as Assistant Professor of Flute and Music History at Morehead State University, KY and teaches flute at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy, Decorah, Iowa.



Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Jennifer Brimson Cooper (Flute); Masahito Sugihara (Saxophone)
Ensemble: Awea Duo
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 3:30 PM
FREE event. Come sing along with us!
Presenter: Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
Ensemble: Sounds of the South Loop Players
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 6:00 PM
The award-winning early music ensemble from Montreal sculptures music with textures of silky dialogues and fiery rhythms. Baroque violinist Tanya LaPerrière and Baroque cellist Elinor Frey join with theorbo specialist Esteban La Rotta and harpsichordist Mylène Bélanger in creating imaginative and dramatic music of the past. Join us for these rare Dialogues of Silk and Fire!

Grand Prize winners at the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in New York, October 2012, the quartet consists of Tanya LaPerrière, Baroque violon, Elinor Frey, Baroque cello, Esteban La Rotta, theorbo, and Mylène Bélanger, harpsichord. They played together in past seasons in groups such as Ensemble Caprice, Arion, Proemio, and the Montreal Baroque Festival before launching their own Montreal series at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. Their formation explores the repertoire for violin, cello and continuo allowing for a diverse sound palette of various textures and colors.

Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Castello: Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Libro II
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Piccinini: Toccata
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Taeggio: Selva de Varij Passaggi
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Haym: Sonate a tre, op. 2, no. 10 in A minor
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Scarlatti: Sonata in d minor, K. 141
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Castello: Sonata ottava a 2. Sopran e fagotto overo viola
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Legrenzi: Sonatas (18), Op. 2
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Cima: Concerti ecclesiatici
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Rosenmüller: Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Fiore: Sonata à violoncello solo
Merula: Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare, a 2–3 (Venice, 1651): Canzon decima prima “La Miradoro”
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Castello: Sonata Seconda
Ensemble: Pallade Musica
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 17 November 2013 - 3:30 PM
The NSO 2013-14 season opens with a burst of energy as the orchestra launches into the vigorous sound-scape of In the South. With the opening brassy riff the NSO musicians paint a vivid description of northern Italy (Alassio) - from stormy seaside cliffs, to a gentle moon-lit serenade for violist and harpist, to sounds from the past –as the Roman ruins come to life with ancient memories of marching of soldiers and clashing of swords. Edward Elgar’s virtuoso tone-poem showcases the full orchestra as we offer an introduction to the Northwest Symphony.

As an introduction to our new Music Director, Kim Diehnelt’s Pogolla offers a contrasting mood of wit and humor. The title Pogolla names a fictitious character who offers hints of irreverence and absurdity. The NSO players jostle together in quirky jabs and shifting pulse. An intense mid-portion of fluid harmonies and warm concord leads to a spunky finish - a clear signal from the Maestra that we needn’t always take ourselves too seriously.

From the initial, slightly melancholic melody to the joyful exuberance of the finale, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 has the NSO musicians singing with ‘old-world’ charm and vigor. A forlorn tender movement pairs with a graceful, Viennese-flavored waltz as the musicians offer a taste of heart-felt Bohemian life. With a stern fanfare from the trumpet players, the symphony races to a spirited and cheerful close drawing the whole orchestra into pulsing dance-rhythms and punchy flourishes.

Let us introduce - the Northwest Symphony!
Presenter: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: In the South, Op. 50 "Alassio"
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Diehnelt: Pogolla
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Dvorak: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 10 November 2013 - 2:00 PM
A Love to Die For

Most folks are familiar with the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. History is filled with rivalries that often lead to violence, murder and sometimes love. A Love to Die For explores the many facets of forbidden love as only the great master composers could write. Main Street Opera presents four stories of forbidden love written by four of the most famous of composers; Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, and Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.


Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Denise Knowlton (Mezzo Soprano); Katherine Bergman (Voice); Jason Carlson (Piano); Stan de Cwikiel
Ensemble: Main Street Opera
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 - 6:00 PM
A trio of fun-hearted and sophisticated artists with a love of pairing great melodies and harmonies. The Reclaimers offer new, old, traditional, and freshly inspired works for an eclectic combo of voice, guitar, cello, banjo, bass, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, and more! Laura Goetz, Curt Bewley, Elliott Nott bring you music and words - with a dash of Bluegrass!


Laura Goetz, a founding member of The Reclaimers, has sung in the Broadway Choir at Broadway United Methodist Church in Chicago for a decade, sang in several church choirs growing up, played violin in the Northwest Symphony Orchestra for two seasons, and completed the year-long series of bluegrass banjo classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music--the last to contribute instrumentally to The Reclaimers. She has since begun playing mandolin, as well.

Curt Bewley grew up with a love of art and music. His love for art has led to a career as a muralist and faux finish artist. Musically, that love has been realized through singing in various choirs and choral groups, such as The Windy City Gay Chorus and the Broadway Choir at BUMC. He helped found The Reclaimers as a tribute to the gospel bluegrass music he was raised with. Curt contributes the fun and vocals, allowing Laura and Elliott free rein at sophistication and instrumentals, though at times, when the moon is just right, he can be coerced into playing the bass.

Elliott Nott grew up in a musical family. From singing in church choirs at an early age (with his mom as director) to studying voice and choral directing at Illinois Wesleyan University (with his father as his professor), Elliott is always very musically active. Since moving to Chicago in 2005, Elliott has worked as the director of music at Broadway United Methodist Church (where "The Reclaimers" formed), as section leader/soloist at other churches and as general manager/singer in the Chicago Chamber Choir. He has also been heard as a soloist in local performances of "The Messiah" and other oratorios.

Currently Elliott Nott is a Chicago Public School-Music Teacher (Ogden International School), a track & cross country coach, a worship leader (Carter-Westminster Presbyterian), a member of the rock band (Boots in Transit) and a proud member of "The Reclaimers." Elliott is also a proud father of two (Zoe & David) and husband to the fabulous cellist and wonderful wife/mother (Andrea Nott).
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Curt Bewley (Voice); Laura Goetz (Voice); Elliott Nott (Guitar); Andrea Nott (Cello)
Ensemble: Reclaimers
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 - 6:00 PM
Percussionist Tim Keenan’s showcases the drum set as a melodic, story-telling group of instruments. From playing with just his hands, to nimble foot work and precise use of sticks, mallets, and brushes, Tim creates an endless vocabulary filled with an array of sounds, utterances, melodies, and phrases. With his Sonic Stories project Tim offers short musical novellas each featuring an instrument or playing style – and told by drum set!

Originally from New York, Tim Keenan stopped in Washington, DC before bringing his drums to Chicago in 1991. His stylistic concentration is on Jazz, West African and Afro-Cuban music. When playing, his concentration is on the intention and spirit behind the music.

While recognizing his is an instrument of undefined pitch, he wishes to continuously play the melody, to tell a story true to the framework provided by the composition.It's this dedication to this art of the story, art of the melody which distinguishes the playing of Bonbonfera Tim Keenan.

While in DC, he studied drum set with Paul Edgar and the multi-directional Nasar Abadey. Crucial rhythmic and musical concepts were laid down during lessons and the many gigs Tim spent listening to Nasar. Through Nasar, Tim became part of Brazilian guitarist Ney Mello's world jazz trio and appears on Ney's well received "Voyages of Fire" album.

Since arriving in Chicago, Tim has received the Chicago Reader's Critic's Choice (23 February 1996) for his work with Composer & Tenor Saxophonist Dave Maddox in Lineage Duets, was the original drummer in Ken Vandermark's Steam, has performed with Fred Anderson, Bill Brimfield, Fareed Haque, Jim Baker and was a founding member of the Socratic Dialogue. He drummed for the Afro-Caribbean ensemble Pum Pum Sin Manteca, and makes important contributions toTrapeze,Bruce Mak's Trios and Quartets, and the Afro-Cuban folkloric drum ensemble Manteca O Folk Ensemble (MOFOE). He has appeared on the stages of clubs all over Chicago, including the Jazz Showcase, the Hot House, Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge, the Bop Shop and internationally at the Spirit Club in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa.





Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artist: Tim Keenan (Percussion)
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 14 July 2013 - 2:00 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 13 July 2013 - 7:30 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 12 July 2013 - 7:30 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 11 July 2013 - 7:30 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 7 July 2013 - 2:00 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 6 July 2013 - 7:30 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 5 July 2013 - 7:30 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 30 June 2013 - 3:00 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 29 June 2013 - 7:30 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
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