Program Notes from An Evening of Opera Overtures and Arias

May 6, 2016 | 8pm
Scranton Cultural Center

On our final musical journey of the 2015-16 season, we explore the operatic worlds of France and Italy and take a quick visit to Bohemia.

In the grand-old operatic tradition, we open our program tonight with an overture — specifically the Overture to Luisa Miller, which Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1849 for a “melodrama tragico” that was well received but which has never become part of the standard opera repertoire. The libretto was based on a play by the German dramatist Friedrich von Schiller: “Kabale und Liebe” — “Intrigue and Love” — a title that hints at a plot too complicated to describe here in detail, but here’s the 15-second summary:

Program Notes from Land of the Midnight Sun

March 5, 2016 | 8pm
Kirby Center for Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary

For the third musical journey of our 2015-16 season, we visit the Land of the Midnight Sun as maestro Lawrence Loh and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic explore works by three Scandinavian composers: Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius.