Themed Semester

Italy Concerts and Theatrical Events

Southern Theatre presents Commedia dell’Arte

Theatre:


Southern Theatre presents Commedia dell’Arte

11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
The Oval and Bud Walton Theatre
Admission: free

Come and meet Arlecchino, Pantalone, Colombina, and other zany characters of the Commedia dell’Arte as Southern Theatre presents three performances inspired by the rowdy, popular comedy of the Renaissance. We can’t provide a synopsis because we don’t know what will happen ourselves!

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Clarinets in Italy and Jazz with an Italian TouchConcerts:

Clarinets in Italy and Jazz with an Italian Touch

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Clarinetists of Missouri Southern will present Italian clarinet works they discovered while attending International ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy, July 24-28. Each work was chosen because it reminds the students of a particular memory while in Italy. Vocal music major Zach Pettit will introduce the pieces and the performers. Many of the works in this concert were also performed during a benefit recital to help those in the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado. Dr. Cheryl Cifelli, director of woodwind studies at MSSU, will perform Elegy by Busoni.

Led by Dr. Phillip C. Wise, director of jazz studies at MSSU, The Joplin Jazz Collective will perform a number of jazz standards in the style of guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble will also present some interesting guitar and piano Italian tunes transformed into jazz coupled with a few contemporary jazz pieces that would be heard in Italian jazz clubs today.

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PagliacciPagliacci

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Southern Theatre, Heartland Opera Theatre, and the Institute of International Studies join to present Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s opera of jealousy and revenge. A troupe of itinerant players comes to town, but the anticipated pleasure of their performance turns to horror as their onstage and offstage lives collide with terrible consequences.

Talented local singers will be joined by Zeffin Quinn Hollis as Tonio, Ashley Wheat as Nedda, and Brian Cheney as Canio. Pagliacci will be sung in Italian with English titles.

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Dr. Kexi Liu
La Musica Italiana

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Italy has been a world music center for centuries. From the Renaissance to modern time, Italy has produced numerous great composers, performers, and music. Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kexi Liu, will perform an all-Italian concert. The program includes Violin Concerto No. 1 by legendary Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini. The featured violin soloist will be Chin Kim.

Chin Kim

Mr. Kim is a top prizewinner in several of the most prestigious international violin competitions including the Concours International de Musique de Montréal, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Paganini Competition, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. 

He is also the recipient of the Nan-Pa Prize awarded by the Nan-Pa Foundation in Korea, which is one of the highest honors given to a Korean-born musician. He has performed with major orchestras in America, Asia, and Europe as well as recitals in major concert halls in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Montréal, Toronto, Brussels, and Seoul.

Mr. Kim graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School where he received the Petschek Award and won the Concerto Competition which led to the performance of the Glazunov Concerto with the Juilliard Philharmonia in Lincoln Center. With his busy performing schedule, he also teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York.

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Tosca

Opera:

Tosca

11:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Regal Northstar Stadium 14
201 Northpark Lane
Admission: pick up ticket in advance in Webster Hall 337 (limited to first 25 people)

Join us for a “live” performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, simulcast in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The opera, probably Puccini’s starkest, centers on Tosca’s struggle to save her lover, the artist and revolutionary Cavaradossi, from imprisonment, torture, and execution at the hands of the repressive and sinister Scarpia, on the eve of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. Puccini’s score − spare, intense, and compelling − contains the famous arias “Vissi d’arte” and “E lucevan le stelle.” Dr. William Kumbier, professor of English and philosophy at MSSU, will offer a brief introduction to the opera just prior to the screening.

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