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IPFW Opera and Community Orchestra Take on Mozart’s L’Impressario


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Written by: Communicator StaffApril 23, 2014

On April 28 the community orchestra and IPFW opera ensemble will come together for a performance unlike the usual at IPFW.

The groups will perform Mozart’s L’Impresario, a story about a man named Frank, an entrepreneur, who puts together a cast of actors with clashing eccentric personalities. While casting the crazy group for the theatrical performance, Frank risks financial ruin. His saving grace is a banker, who offers him help if he pretends to engage his lover, Madam Pfiel.

This comedy features 10 opera singers who auditioned at IPFW. Led by Professor Sam Savage, the singers have rehearsed this opera since January in preparation for these performances. After a few rehearsals with the community orchestra, the performers are ready to hit the Auer performance hall for a show combining vocals and instrumental music.

Working with Professor Cooke, director of the Community Orchestra, has given the students a chance to better their performance abilities.

“It is so important that the students have this experience to work with an orchestra in soloistic capacity. It is integral to their development and future success as performers. I am so grateful to Professor Cooke for the generosity he has extended to the Opera Ensemble. He likes working with us and we love working with him,” Savage said.

The event takes part on two different days. Last week, the performance took place on April 21, but the last performance will take place on April 28. The performance will begin featuring a winner from the IPFW Concerto/Aria competition followed by Mozart’s L’Impresario.

During the first performance, Jason Simon on piano was featured, who performed the second and third movements of Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. The next upcoming winner, Christopher Adamisin will perform Timofei Dokshizer’s version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue for Trumpet and Orchestra.

The final performance will take place April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm. Admission is free for IPFW students with ID. Cost for adults is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students, and free for kids age 10 and younger.

Story by: Mackenzie Billman