MSC OPAS Unveils New Season Lineup

By: News 3 Email
By: News 3 Email

MSC OPAS announced its "A License to Thrill," lineup Thursday night on News 3.

The following are this season's Main Stage performances:

Sept. 29, 2009: THE AHN TRIO with special guest THE KIN
Lucia, Angella and Marcha, the stunning Julliard-educated sisters who make up the international sensation known as THE AHN TRIO, thrive on dissolving barriers between art forms. Their quest to redefine the art and architecture of classical music has resulted in critical praise for collaborations with dancers, pop singers, painters and photographers. Even though their breathtaking beauty has landed them in magazines like Vogue, GQ and People, the Ahn's first priority is their music. For this season's opening concert, they will perform selections from their latest album Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac. Mixing it up a bit, they will also be joined onstage by Thorry and Isaac Koren, the handsome harmonizing Australian brothers better known as THE KIN.

Oct. 28-29, 2009: RAIN: A BEATLES TRIBUTE
More than a concert paying homage to the Fab Four, this is a multi-media theatrical event that The Denver Post hails as "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles." Capturing the spirit of the 1960s, these guys not only bear an uncanny resemblance to The Beatles, they perform the full range of their discography complete with five scene and costume changes, three video screens and a live camera projection. (Don't miss the Sgt. Pepper costumes!) Relive their appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Embrace the memories of the Abbey Road years. Just don't forget your dancing shoes because you'll need them for the finale!

Nov. 17-19, 2009: RIVERDANCE
A thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe, will play three farewell performances as part of the 09-10 OPAS season. "An explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away," cheers the Chicago Tribune. "A family evening unlike anything else!" exclaims The London Times. Discover why nothing in the world compares to the original international phenomenon! Whether it's your first time or your fifth, you won't want to miss these FAREWELL performances of RIVERDANCE.

Before stand-up comedy, the great humorists of the world told stories. Meet GARRISON KEILLOR, unquestionably one of the most popular American storytellers of our time. The witty humorist, best known for his popular NPR radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," brings his wonderful, dry sense of humor to the stage of Rudder sharing hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and late-life fatherhood. In addition to his radio show, Keillor is a best-selling author (Lake Wobegon Days and Love Me) and, in 2006, appeared in the critically-praised film adaptation of A Prairie Home Companion with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.

Bobby socks? Poodle skirts? A bright red '57 Chevy? This isn't your grandmother's ballet! Set in the 1950s and whimsically choreographed by Val Caniparoli to swinging jazzy show tunes by Rodgers and Hart, this wildly inventive telling of A CINDERELLA STORY energetically blends jazz and ballet and even features retro scenery and haute couture costumes. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style have been the trademarks of Canada's Royal Winnepeg Ballet for 68 years, garnering both critical and audience acclaim. Introduce the young ones in your life to the beauty and wonder of the ballet with this fresh, fun and energized telling of A CINDERELLA STORY.

March 22-23, 2010: 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY
If you love Broadway blockbusters served up one after another by some of the Great White Way's best and most powerful voices, then 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY is perfect for you. Direct from New York, this lavish show lights up the stage by teaming five of Broadway's biggest talents with a live, onstage orchestra! The stars, from such hits like Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats and Jekyll & Hyde, bring to life some of the biggest moments from the best-known Broadway musicals of the last century. Relive your favorites from shows like Chicago, South Pacific, West Side Story, Jersey Boys, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl and more!

The MSC OPAS Intimate Gathering Series includes:

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel lives through an adaptation of Horton Foote's Academy Award winning screenplay in this compelling stage production. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD examines timeless issues - prejudice, racism and human values. Set in the South in the 1930's, Atticus Finch, an attorney and widowed father of two young children, opposes local townspeople by defending a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Atticus teaches his children "you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." You'll come close to walking that walk.

Dec. 1, 2009: CANTUS
The nine-member a cappella male ensemble regarded as one of America's finest, will astound you with their touching concert recalling the remarkable World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers. Out of the violence of the Great War's trenches comes a silence, then a song as a young German soldier steps into no man's land singing "Stille Nacht." Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace told touchingly through actual letters written by soldiers and new arrangements of European carols and war songs. The Washington Post hails the ensemble's sound as having both "exalting finesse" and "expressive power" and refers to their music-making as "spontaneous grace."

Feb. 9-11, 2010: SIMPLY SINATRA
Steve Lippia has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of "standards" and traditional pop music in the nation. His youthful energetic talent and powerful show creates a perfect blend of "classic" and "today." Mr. Lippia's sound is reminiscent of a younger Sinatra. His singing reveals a man who truly understands a lyric, in a deeply personal way. In his three night engagement with his big band, Lippia will sing some of Sinatra's biggest hits including; "The Lady is a Tramp," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "The Best is Yet To Come," "My Way," "New York, New York" and many more!

March 4, 2010: GROOVELILLY
Since GROOVELILY last appeared on an OPAS season over two years ago (remember Striking 12 their fantastic take on "The Little Match Girl"?), the trio's popularity and success have continued to soar. In their latest piece, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, the creative trio takes a slightly different approach to the traditional telling of this fairy tale favorite by finding Beauty awakening from her centuries-long snooze in a sleep-disorder center! This rock concert/musical theater piece brims with witty jokes, heart-felt moments and stars electric violinist/vocalist Valiere Vigoda, keyboardist/vocalist Brendan Milburn and percussionist/funnyman Gene Lewin. This one's definitely not a snoozer!

OPAS Jr. will offer these performances:

Nov. 6, 2009: JEFF CORWIN
Known to millions of viewers for his hilarious and adventurous shows on the Animal Planet ("The Jeff Corwin Experience," "Corwin's Quest"), JEFF CORWIN brings his fast-paced show to Rudder Auditorium. And…about ten different animals are coming with him! Jeff travels the world seeking adventure and educating audiences on the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems. For this show, Jeff will be joined onstage by a variety of species which could include a giant toad, an alligator, a snapping turtle and a python or two! He likes his shows to be interactive; so raise your hand high to be called onstage to help Jeff!

March 28, 2010: MAX & RUBY
Ruby wants to put on a show for her grandma, and she wants to do it big with music, costumes, a castle and everything! To pull it off, Ruby enlists the help of her three-year-old little brother, Max. Only Max isn't interested! (You see, Ruby wants the show to be about a princess while Max wants the show to be about a cowboy.) Not to be deterred, the ever-so-organized seven-year-old Ruby recruits her Bunny Scout friends. Will they help her finish Grandma's play in time? Find out in this lovable new musical based on the Nickelodeon television show.

Mezzo-soprano FREDERICA VON STADE is described as "one of America's finest artists and singers" by The New York Times. SAMUEL RAMEY is considered one of the world's foremost interpreters of bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire. Together, they are simply spectacular. Joined by a piano accompanist, the celebrated voices and irresistible personalities of these beloved stars take center stage as they perform a mixture of classical solo selections and opera duets in the first act. In the second act, Flicka (as she is affectionately known around the world) and Sam will perform lighter fare including Broadway favorites with selections by composers such as Rodgers and Hart, Sondheim, Gershwin and more. These two renowned artists have garnered raves for their performances together these past few seasons. Since 2010 is considered Flicka's "farewell" year, this concert is one of the last chances to experience them onstage together. It's not to be missed.

MSC OPAS Underground, Feb. 25, 2010: GROOVALOO
You've seen them on NBC's "Superstars of Dance" and "The Ellen Degeneres Show." Now, the 15-member cast of GROOVALOO comes to OPAS to blow up the Underground Series. Combining the authenticity of A Chorus Line with the energy of Stomp, this innovative and energetic show introduces the diverse world of hip hop dance by spotlighting each dancer's true-to-life experiences. Driven by jaw-dropping displays of physical athleticism, a vibrant musical score and powerful spoken word poetry, the show's intertwined stories chronicle the struggles, hopes and triumphs of the 15-member cast as they discover the true meaning of family.

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