Vol. 34 - Porgy & Bess

An Interview by Suzanne Calvin

Conductor Wayne Marshall

Calvin: Reading your resume is enough to make one’s head spin. You are not only one of the world’s most renowned conductors; you are also a concert pianist, world-famous organist, improvisational jazz musician and composer, specializing in everything from American musical theater to the French Romantic Period organ repertoire. So, you tell me...is variety really the “spice of life?”

Marshall: For me, it really is. I would hate to be one of these people who just plays one category of music and that’s it. As a musician and performer, I wouldn’t want to be just a solo pianist, a solo organist or conductor – the language of music is vast. The more that I can absorb in this vast field of the language of music, the more I want to absorb. It’s what really challenges me and what I enjoy most about making music.

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George Gershwin

In 1933 and 1934, the African-Americans of Charleston, South Carolina, and surrounding communities often noticed a slender, handsome, white, exceptionally well-dressed, and intently attentive young man in their midst. He was at the church services, singing along, even joining in the shouting at Pentecostal gatherings. He was in the marketplaces, listening to the songs and cries of the street vendors. He was in the rural communities and on the islands, listening and learning the local dialect and its many unique idioms.

The young man was George Gershwin.

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Peter J. Hall

On February 10th The Dallas Opera Guild will present TDO Costume Designer Peter J. Hall in a discussion of the costumes for SALOME and honor his nearly 50 years of costume and theater design. Mr. Hall's costumes have been seen in many major opera houses throughout the world, and are now appearing in the new Metropolitan Opera movie productions as well.

The Dallas Opera Guild will be presenting Peter J. Hall at the Park Towers, 3310 Fairmount St., on Sunday Feb. 10, at 4:00 p.m. Valet parking will be provided, and a reception will follow the program. Tickets for the event are $25. For more information, e-mail guild@dallasopera.org.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING By Director of Education Margery Anderson-Clive

Porgy and Bess Box Set with Houston Grand Opera (RCA RD 82109; 3 CDs)

This 1977 Tony Award winning production features Donnie Rae Albert, Steven Alex-Cole, and Shirley Baines.

Margery says: Porgy and Bess is often referred to as George Gershwin’s best-known work. Even if you have never seen the opera Porgy and Bess, it is doubtful that you have been deprived of hearing its most famous songs. Gershwin’s only contribution to the operatic literature spawned many arias from the opera that became popular hit songs: Surely you have heard Clara’s lullaby “Summertime”, Sportin’ Life’s “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, or “There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ for New York”, and Bess’ “I Loves You Porgy”. They have become staples in the repertoire of pop and jazz performers.

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On January 20 a special event was held at the Martin Lawrence Gallery which benefited The Dallas Opera Guild. The event featured a special museum worthy collection of Picasso's works on paper. Guests were treated to tapas and a Spanish wine tasting as well. This show will continue through the end of January, and the Guild will receive a percentage of any purchase made by members of the opera family.

Martin Lawrence Galleries is located next to the Saks, on the third level of the Galleria, and appointments can be made to view this collection at your convenience. Guild member Sylvia Wilkins will be happy to make appointments at 972-716-5335.

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  Upcoming Events
January 25 & 26 - The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Preview Center First Look Days

Visit the Preview Center and be among the first to know the latest developments at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

Cost: FREE
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Trammell Crow Center,
Mezzanine Level
2001 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas

January 27 - Opera Insights: SALOME

Join Jonathan Pell and a few cast members for an intriguing discussion of Richard Strauss's treatment of the biblical story. Featured on the panel will be tenor, Allan Glassman (Herod); soprano, Judith Forst (Herodias); soprano, Mlada Khudoley (Salome); baritone, Robert Hayward (Jokanaan); director, John Lloyd Davies; and conductor Graeme Jenkins.

Cost: FREE for Guild members. $10 for non-Guild members
Time: 4 to 6 pm - program and reception
Location: Gooch Auditorium at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
For questions call 214-443-1043.

February 1 - SALOME Opening Night | Buy Tickets

February 2 - Inside The Dallas Opera: Porgy and Bess

Tune in to Classical WRR 101.1 FM at noon for The Dallas Opera's 30-minute program hosted by Suzanne Calvin.
February 3 - SALOME Sunday Matinee | Buy Tickets
February 6 - SALOME Mid-week and Amici di Opera Night | Buy Tickets
February 9 - SALOME Finale | Buy Tickets

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  Did You Know?

Hope Clarke

The Dallas Opera was one of the original co-producers of The Houston Grand Opera's 1976 production of Porgy and Bess. As a matter of fact, Dallas was the second stop for the Grammy and Tony Award winning production's world-wide tour. You'll also be interested to know that Hope Clark, the original director of Porgy and Bess, is returning to direct our performances this season.

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In last month's poll, we asked which costumes you would be most interested in creating for this season? What we can conclude: For most, lavish party attire is more fun than dark and dreary.

The Merry Widow - 44%
Salome - 28%
Tosca - 14%
Porgy and Bess - 8%
Macbeth - 6%