Selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Joplin’s Treemonisha


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Sunday, May 31 at 3pm in the Concert Hall
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
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Porgy and Bess is an opera, composed by George Gershwin, that has enchanted audiences for almost 80 years. Bess, beautiful and troubled, turns to Porgy, the crippled beggar, in search of safety after her possessive lover Crown commits murder. As Porgy and Bess’s love grows, their future is threatened. This heartbreaking love story boasts some of the most famous and beloved works, including: “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Loves You, Porgy.”

This concert version of Porgy and Bess will be performed with a full symphony orchestra comprised of local musicians and the Center Chorale along with the guest soloists, Cedrick Cannon and LaRose Saxon who have performed this captivating opera around the world more than one hundred times.

Selections from Treemonisha, Scott Joplin’s operatic masterpiece, will also be performed. Treemonisha is an uplifting look at an African-American community’s emergence from slavery into the promise of freedom. Led by a mysterious young woman – Treemonisha – an isolated black community struggles to overcome superstition and violence to embrace a future of self-determination and enlightenment. As the only opera about the “Up from Slavery” experience created by an African-American composer who actually witnessed it, Treemonisha is a priceless cultural treasure.

Scott Joplin’s hauntingly beautiful music – inspired by the “field hollers,” spirituals, fiddle tunes, revival hymns, and sensual African dances of his childhood – still speaks powerfully to the hearts of modern audiences. Cedrick Cannon and LaRose Saxon will also perform Treemonisha.

Joe Stanford and John LoPiccolo will be conducting these two masterpieces.