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Season 6 Opening Gala & Reception
October 8, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Season 6 Opening Gala and Reception
featuring Handel’s London: Dueling Divas
You are invited to attend a Gala Reception to celebrate and support the upcoming sixth season of Mountainside Baroque at the Gilchrist Gallery and Museum on Washington Street at 5:30 p.m. Along with an exclusive private performance by the Mountainside guest artists, Gala attendees will be treated to tasty hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks, and good company. Your Gala donation of $50 includes admission with premium seating to the season opening performance of “Handel’s London: Dueling Divas,” which will begin at 7:30 pm at the nearby Shrine of Ss. Peter and Paul.
In 1719, Handel helped organized the Royal Academy of Music which performed a great number of his dramatic works. Several years after the Academy’s founding, Handel imported as his leading lady the famous soprano Francesca Cuzzoni. In a continuing search for the greatest singers of the time, Handel later brought in mezzo-soprano and virtuosa Faustina Bordoni. As singers of equal stature, a rivalry for the ages was born between these two renowned performers. Mountainside’s program recounts their story with some of the very arias that made them famous.
Featuring Grammy award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez as Francesca Cuzzoni and mezzo-soprano Fabiana Gonzales as Faustina Bordoni, the concert will offer a taste of their constant competition, right up through an alleged on-stage tiff. Also featured are two of Handel’s ‘Chandos’ Anthems, O Come, “Let Us Sing Unto the Lord,” and “Let God Arise,” featuring Mountainside’s resident Chamber Choir, the Scholars of St. Cecila, with guest soloists tenor Bradley King and baritone Robert Tudor. These modest, yet inventive works, include a variety of choruses and solos, and pave the way for Handel’s famous English oratorios, such as Messiah.
Gala: 5:30 p.m. @ Gilchrist Gallery and Museum, 104 Washington Street, Cumberland, MD
Performance: 7:30 p.m. @ The Shrine of Ss. Peter and Paul, 125 Fayette Street, Cumberland, MD
(Pre-Concert Lecture 7:00pm)