Festival at halfway mark
Concerts at Indian River Festival this weekend featuring songs, opera, choral music
The Indian River Festival’s 20th anniversary season celebrates its halfway point this season with a special weekend of beloved songs, opera and choral music beginning today and running until Aug. 2.
This weekend marks the halfway point of the Indian River Festival's 20th anniversary season, and a special weekend of beloved songs, opera and choral music is planned beginning today and running to Aug. 2.
Rebecca Caine, star of the acclaimed London and Toronto productions of "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera", takes the stage today at 7:30 p.m., alongside pianist Robert Kortgaard. Caine embodies the glamour, wit and allure of the leading ladies of Hollywood film and Broadway stage in this evening of song, stories and sizzle.
Joined by other stellar musicians featured in Saturday and Sunday's production of "The Magic Flute", Caine and company will touch the hearts and imagination of all lovers of fantasy on the big screen and stage.
The Indian River Festival is looking forward to providing audiences with the rare opportunity to watch a semi-staged opera in Prince Edward Island on Aug. 1-2. This new version of "The Magic Flute" was conceived by director Brent Krysa with musical director Peter Tiefenbach, as a streamlined adaptation of the beloved Mozart original, retaining all the best music and designed in the style of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte.
A tale of love, magic, dragons, evil queens and heroic deeds, a new English version of the libretto will bring the story to life in an amusing and contemporary way.
Cast members include sopranos Jennifer Krabbe and Whitney Mather, mezzo soprano Shauna Yarnell, tenor Asitha Tennekoon and baritone Janaka Welihinda.
The first half of this concert will include a performance by the Indian River Festival Chorus singing works by Mozart, followed by "The Magic Flute" in the second half. Performances take place on Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m., and a family matinee on Aug. 2, 3 p.m. The family matinee includes special pricing.
Prior to concerts on Aug. 1-2, there will be a pre-concert talk one half hour before performances. Join Tiefenbach in conversation with Krysa as they discuss the process of reimagining one of Mozart's beloved operas.
The festival's new outdoor pavilion is now open one hour prior to show time. Audience members are invited to enjoy the space and grab some refreshments before the show.
Performances take place St. Mary's Church, Indian River. Tickets and concert information can be found by visiting www.indianriverfestival.com or by phoning 1-866-856-3733.
Rebecca Caine and Robert Kortgaard will be among the performers at this weekend's Indian River Festival at St. Mary's Church.