The week ahead is bracketed by two events of international caliber, a recital by soprano
Fleming, considered by many to be the world's reigning soprano, will open the festival with a recital in Norfolk's Harrison Opera House. Her eclectic and fascinating program includes art songs by Erick Korngold and Alexander Zemlinsky,
Late last week, at Fleming's request, the festival was working to put together Supertitles for her program to make the evening more accessible for the audience.
Tickets for Fleming are selling briskly, and festival director Rob Cross predicted that the concert "is on track to selling out." Sales were helped by two recent events, Cross suggests, a "Live from
On April 20-22, American Ballet Theatre will make its first appearance at the festival in the timeless ballet, "Giselle." For the past several years, Cross has been working to bring the company to
ABT's company includes dancer Melanie Hamrick, a former Williamsburg resident who trained under Sandra Balestracci at the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts.
In between these two star-studded events are performances by ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro and the classical comic duo Igudesman & Joo. Both represent the festival's mission to expose local audiences to alternative artists.
Shimabukuro, a young master of the four-stringed ukulele, has gained a huge following from performances on
Igudesman & Joo, made up of violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo, will present their program, "A Little Nightmare Music," on Thursday, April 19, in the Chrysler Museum Theatre. The pair met at age 12 at the
"Some of the lineup is pretty alternative," says Cross. "It's always gratifying to me when we hear from ticket-buyers who say they trust our programming."
The festival continues through June 6 in venues throughout Hampton Roads. Additional highlights include violinist
In as past seasons, there are several excellent chamber music concerts. The Calmus Ensemble joins Quartet New Generation for an evening of early music on April 25, and the Daedalus Quartet teams with pianist Andre-Michel Schub for a May 16 concert of works by Beethoven, Joan Tower and Brahms.
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