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Dante and Beatrice in Florence
The Heroine of Dante’s DIVINE COMEDY is Beatrice whom he met but only twice in Florence, once when he was nine, and again when he was eighteen. Dante was so smitten with Beatrice that she remained his ideal love for the rest of his life. Our story begins in the little church that still stands in Florence where they first met more than 700 years ago. Known as the “Chiesa Di Dante,” it is where Beatrice is said to be buried. Next to Beatrice’s tomb is a basket where for hundreds of years notes of hope, dreams, heartbreak, and love have been left by visitors with open hearts asking for Beatrice’s blessing. One of those notes is a mysterious old musical manuscript and it is there that our adventure begins.
Premiered: Sunday, November 28, 2021
MOZART and FIGARO in VIENNA
The world first heard and saw “THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO” in Vienna in 1786. The opera, considered by many the first and perhaps only perfect opera, was borne of a staggering collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte – a Jew, a Priest and a Brothel owner all rolled into one. Da Ponte had been banished from Venice due to his low-rent behavior, and he ended up in Vienna where he was introduced to Mozart by Mozart’s landlord, a mutual acquaintance of both. Finding each other full of jokes and high-jinks, with Mozart at the helm, the two of them decide to take a banned play by the French writer Beaumarchais and turn it into the greatest and most beloved opera ever composed.
Airing: Sunday January 9, 2022
THE VERDI FIASCO
1853. Venice, Teatro La Fenice, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera LA TRAVIATA has its opening night. Would a story about a courtesan dying of consumption, sung by a soprano too “ample” to be consumed by anything, and a cast of characters that seemed to have wandered into the theatre off the street, survive the most vicious public shaming that an opera had ever seen? Even Verdi himself wasn’t sure.
Airing: Sunday, March 27, 2022
The true story of Holocaust Survivor Eva Libitzky who spent her post-war life in America visiting primary and secondary schools throughout the United States. At one particular school, a diverse group of students who study music but are unaware of the events of WWII gather at an assembly to “honor” their guest with music. As Eva’s story reveals itself there is a shocking turn of events, where everyone present finds themselves reliving a very terrifying past. (In collaboration with the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.)
Airing: Sunday, May 29, 2022
CHOPIN in PARIS
Based on the well known play MONSIEUR CHOPIN and filmed in Paris and Warsaw, Hershey Felder recreates Paris, 1848, at the time of the revolution where the great Polish Composer-Pianist, Fryderyk Chopin, gives a piano lesson that reveals his secrets about music, and even more so, secrets about himself.
Airing: Sunday, August 7, 2022
THE CRAZY WIDOW (of Moses de Leon)
In the 13th century, the medieval walled city of Avila, Spain was home to hundreds of Jewish mystics. Among them was Moses de Leon, author of THE ZOHAR – the work of literature upon which the Kabbalah – Jewish Mysticism – is based. Red strings tied around wrists and other such fanciful actions are only but a tiny part of a little known story that is sure to surprise, delight and elicit a great deal of wonder of a wild mystical world.
Airing: Sunday, October 16, 2022
A MUSICAL SURPRISE FOR HOLIDAY TIME
Over some 30 years patrons have asked for productions telling the stories and featuring the music, of composers and musical stars throughout the ages. For our season closer, the artist chosen to be featured will be based on patron choice. When you purchase a season ticket, you will be able to send us your request, which we will officially register, one request per ticket. The composer/artist with the most requests will be the subject of our second season closer, the only requirement being that the composer or musical artist, must no longer be “with us.” Winner of this audience event will be granted a walk-on role in the filmed production, all expense paid travel for two, and lodging at the location of production for five days.
Airing: Sunday, December 18, 2022