Park music shows start Saturday

Sing!: The Annapolis Opera will bring to life melodies from operetta and musicals by a variety of talented composers in the first summer concert at Quiet Waters Park.

June 17, 1999|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The summer concert series at Quiet Waters Park begins at 6 p.m. Saturday with operetta and musical comedy favorites by the Annapolis Opera.

The program, to feature some of the most beloved melodies by operetta's greatest composers, might well be called "It's a Grand Night for Singing," the Rodgers and Hammerstein tune from "State Fair," that will open and close the evening. Among other favorites the opera will perform are Victor Herbert's "Will You Remember" from "Maytime," "Art is Calling for Me" from "Enchantress," Sigmund Romberg's "Serenade" and "Deep in My Heart," from "Student Prince" and "One Kiss" from "New Moon." Franz Lehar will be represented by the rapturous "Meine Lippen, sie kussen so heiss" from "Giuditta.

Pre-eminent composers from musical theater will be recalled in some great show tunes: Jerome Kern's sublime "You Are Love" from "Showboat" and Lerner and Loewe's "If Ever I Would Leave You" from "Camelot" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" from "My Fair Lady."

From "Porgy and Bess," George Gershwin's "Summertime" will add magic to the evening. In addition to opening and closing the concert, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein will be represented by "If I Loved You" from "Carousel" and "Some Enchanted Evening" from "South Pacific."

Leonard Bernstein will be celebrated with three "West Side Story" songs: "I Feel Pretty," "Tonight" and "Maria."

Broadway legend Frank Loesser will be heard in "I've Never Been in Love Before" from "Guys and Dolls." Mario Lanza, the tenor said to have inspired three of today's legendary tenors -- Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Jose Carreras -- will be remembered in "Be My Love."

Four talented singers will bring this romantic program of music to the park. Husband-and-wife team tenor John Plier and soprano Sharon Steinberg will be heard in Herbert, Romberg and Bernstein duets and in solo offerings.

Laura Vicari and Steven Goodman will be featured. Convincing actor-singers, both of these artists were impressive last summer at Carroll House in duets, Goodman's warm lustrous baritone blending with Vicari's bell-like soprano.

Annapolis Opera's artistic director Ronald Gretz put together the program, and will serve as accompanist to the singers.

The selections promise a romantic summer evening to those familiar with the music and an enticing introduction to a more melodic time to audience members hearing these songs for the first time.

The concert is free and will be held at the Concert Site at Quiet Waters Park. For directions, parking and other information, call Quiet Waters at 410-222-1777 or Annapolis Opera at 410-267- 8135.

Pub Date: 6/17/99

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