OPERA SHOWSTOPPERS AND 13-YEAR-PIANO SENSATION GAVIN GEORGE HIGHLIGHT BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY’S FOURTH YEAR OF SUMMER CONCERTS AT BORGATA STARTING JULY 17
Tickets on sale now at theborgata.com
ATLANTIC CITY/BRIDGETON, NJ —An exciting program of opera showstoppers featuring renowned soprano Lori Hultgren and tenor Alok Kumar, as well as Mozart performed by 13-year-old piano sensation Gavin George will highlight the Symphony’s fourth year of summer concerts at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City with a series of two spectacular concerts taking place in The Music Box on July 17 and August 14.
The concerts will be conducted by Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin. Both concerts will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets will be $25 and are on sale now. For ticket information, call the Borgata box office at (866) 900-4849 or go online to www.theborgata.com.
The series will start on July 17 with an opera gala of favorite selections from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Forza del Destino, and much more. Featured in the program will be two of today’s spectacular opera stars—soprano Lori Hultgren and tenor Alok Kumar. Hultgren has sung leading soprano roles with leading organizations including the St. Louis Opera, Nashville Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Annapolis Opera, Opera Vivente, Baltimore Opera, and the Peabody Conservatory. She has appeared in concert and recital with such ensembles as the Indianapolis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Columbia Symphony, as well as in such international venues as Wigmore Hall and the Greenwich Music Festival. Kumar has appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Delaware, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Portland Opera Repertory Theater, among other companies, in roles including those in the operas of Bizet, Puccini, and Verdi. He has concertized with orchestras in Spain and throughout the United States, including the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has also appeared in the Spoleto Festival in Italy and other celebrated music festivals.
The August 14 concert will be feature piano prodigy Gavin George—at age 13 one of the most exciting young musicians today—in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major, K.175. At age 2½, his interest in music began while watching an orchestral DVD. At age 6, he was already playing at Carnegie Hall. By age 10, was performing in this country and abroad in concerti and recitals. He has performed with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, among other ensembles. A native of Ohio, he was home-schooled by his mother, an education specialist, George took piano lessons with Capital University retired teacher Mary Craig Powell and then with Antonio Pompa-Baldi in Cleveland.
“For the past three summers, we have brought exciting, internationally-acclaimed soloists in dynamic, thrilling performances to Borgata and the audiences have loved it,” said Bay Atlantic Symphony Executive Director Paul Herron. “This year should prove no exception and we are so excited that Borgata shows its continuing support for this groundbreaking concept of taking the great classical masterpieces into a casino showroom. We are constantly trying to find new, exciting ways to present classical music and to build on our established partnerships.”
The full series schedule is as follows:
July 17—Fans of opera will be in their glory with a program of showstoppers from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Forza del Destino, and much more, featuring soprano Lori Hultgren and tenor Alok Kumar.
August 14—Oceans and mountains set the mood for this concert as Gavin George’s performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major, K.175 is followed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. One of the most rhythmically energized ever composed, this ebullient, beloved symphony was described by Richard Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance.” The concert will open with the overture to Mozart’s opera Idomeneo.
The Symphony forged a relationship with Borgata in 2008 with a gala 25th-anniversary concert featuring Cirque de la Symphonique. The success of this show resulted in annual season-opening gala shows featuring tributes to Benny Goodman, The Beatles, the Motown Sound and an appearance by The Texas Tenors, stars of NBC’s reality show America’s Got Talent. This was followed by a tribute to Paul McCartney, a tribute to Broadway’s greatest songs, and last year, a Rodgers and Hammerstein celebration hosted by Oscar Andy Hammerstein III. This year’s gala, on Saturday, September 17, at 8 p.m., will be a celebration of The Rat Pack at the Sands in 1963, featuring Frank, Dino, and Sammy, with a 45-piece orchestras playing the original arrangements.