Nauticus and Virginia Stage Company are teaming up to present "Swingtime Salute, An On-Deck Revue," this summer.
Performances of the
In this musical revue, the Battleship Wisconsin, just commissioned, is heading for a tour in the Pacific. Families gather around their radios for news from abroad and to hear the music that lifts their spirits.
"Swingtime Salute, An On-Deck Revue" will re-create the touring variety shows that were popular during war time. The show will feature singers, dancers and a "side helping of all the excitement and adventure you'd expect aboard a warship at sea." The ensemble will be accompanied by a live band playing the music of the
Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays May 31-July 8. There also will be a special 8 p.m. July 4 performance.
General admission tickets are $30 for Thursday performances, $40 for Friday through Sunday performances, and $20 for children ages 4 to 12 at any performance. A VIP ticket for an additional $10 per person includes preferred seating and a commemorative souvenir. Military tickets are discounted $3 in advance, and day-of-show tickets for military are priced at $20. Call 800-982-2787, go online to http://www.vastage.com and or visit the stage company box office at 110 Tazewell St., Norfolk.
Tickets will also be available day of show at Nauticus beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.nauticus.org or http://www.vastage.com.
Opera's diva weekend
Virginia Opera will present "Simply Sopranos, A Three Day Celebration of Song" on April 14-16 at different venues throughout Norfolk.
The event will showcase Katherine Jolly, Sarah Jane McMahon and Christina Pier, three sopranos who are past, present, and future leading ladies with the
"This weekend promises to be a special treat for
The weekend will begin with a black-tie gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Town Point Club. Jolly, McMahon and Pier, accompanied by Virginia Opera Principal Coach Laura Friesen, will perform a varied musical selection. The event also will feature a silent auction. Tickets are $250, available by calling 757-627-9545, ext. 3318, and proceeds will benefit the company's education and outreach programs.
The weekend will continue with two other events:
"Divas and Degas" will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 15, at the
"Arias in the Arboretum" will feature Jolly and McMahon performing at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. It will include lunch, a concert, and garden tour.
Tickets for either event are $50. They can be purchased through the opera box office or by calling 866-673-7282.
Stage company adds play for 2012-2013
Virginia Stage Company has added "The Whipping Man" to its 2012-13 season.
Set in war-ravaged
Written by Matthew Lopez, the play will have its Virginia premiere in Norfolk where it will be presented Feb. 26-March 17, 2013, at the Wells Theatre. It will be a co-production with Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, Calif., and will be directed by Jasson Minadakis, Marin Theatre's artistic director. Minadakis grew up in Richmond and now has family in Hampton Roads.
"The Whipping Man" joins "
Call for scholarships.
Entry forms and details for the 2012 Lisa Relaford Coston Scholarship Competition is now available online from the Norfolk Chamber Consort. Deadline for entering is April 1.
The competition is named for the late classical singer who taught and performed throughout the region. Information is available at http://www.ncconsort.org.
Christopher Mooney, a vocal teacher at
Mooney is a graduate of New York's Juilliard School of Music and a frequent soloist with the Virginia Symphony and the church's annual production of Handel's "Messiah."
Classes will meet Tuesday evenings, and the schedule will be: 6 p.m., Beginning Musicianship; 7 p.m., Advanced Musicianship; and 8 p.m., Vocal Techniques. Basic Musicianship will include note recognition, key structure, basic rhythms, and sight-reading practice. Advanced Musicianship will be tailored to the level of the participants and will include advanced sight-reading strategies, advanced rhythms and non-tonal recognition.
Voice techniques will include breath control and support, balancing the voice, vibrato versus straight tone, vowels, vocal register problems and solo voice versus choir voice. All materials will be provided.
Class fees for $200 for one workshop and $300 for one musicianship and the vocal techniques workshops. For information or to register, email Mooney at email@example.com or call him at 757-784-1588.
Arts Commission grant applications
The commission provides funding for programs in the performing and fine arts for organizations that have been in existence for at least one year, has a board of directors and shows visible support from the community. Activities must take place within the city or within a reasonable radius of the city.
Information and applications are available online at http://www.nngov.com/arts-commission or by calling 757-247-8950.