Events

Choral Masterwork

In their final performance of the season, the orchestra, Colby Chorale, and the Colby Kennebec Chorale Society present Schubert’s monumental Mass in E-flat Major no. 6 and Grieg’s famous Peer Gynt Suite no. 1. These performances will also feature the winner of the 2019 annual concerto competition. These concerts take place on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th at 7:30pm — free of charge, and open to the public!

Choral Masterwork

In their final performance of the season, the orchestra, Colby Chorale, and the Colby Kennebec Chorale Society present Schubert’s monumental Mass in E-flat Major no. 6 and Grieg’s famous Peer Gynt Suite no. 1. These performances will also feature the winner of the 2019 annual concerto competition. These concerts take place on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th at 7:30pm — free of charge, and open to the public!

The Met: Die Walküre

This is an encore HD broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
Running time: 4 hours, 55 minutes (2 intermissions)

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

Tickets: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors, $15 Students
Prices do not include handling fees.

From Dizzy: Colby College Jazz Band directed by Eric Thomas

We explore the roots of bebop first planted by Dizzy Gillespie in the Latin jazz featured in his later work. Gillespie’s compositions “Con Alma,” “Manteca,” and “Salt Peanuts” will be featured along with works by composers associated with Gillespie’s career such as Cab Calloway, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Chuck Mangione, Esperanza Spalding, and Paquito de Rivera.

Wordplay: Colby College Collegium directed by Eric Christopher Perry

A panoply of puns! A manifestation of musical merriment! A fanfare of frivolous tomfoolery! Colby College Collegium will present Orazio Vecchi’s 1604 madrigal cycle Le veglie di Siena (Night Games of Siena), a work filled with witticisms, wordplay, and wholesome, wholehearted wizardry of all genres. Collegium will be joined by a quintet of early music professionals, including Shannon Canavin, critically acclaimed soprano and artistic director of Exultemus, one of Boston’s exclusive early music ensembles.

The Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

This performance is an encore HD broadcast from Moscow.
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (1 intermission)

In this lavish staging of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, it is Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday. Four foreign princes have come to ask for her hand. At the height of the festivities, an old woman with a knitting spindle appears at the Princess’s side…

Tickets: $15 – $18 Prices include per ticket handling fees.

On Sale: August 23

Journey to Italy: Colby Symphony Orchestra directed by Jinwook Park

It’s often said that Verdi was to opera what Beethoven was to the symphony—in its
third program of the season, the orchestra has both: Verdi’s popular Overture to La Forza del destino, a selection of opera scenes from his La traviata, and Beethoven’s Seventh
Symphony.

The Met: Adriana Lecouvreur

This is an HD broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.
Running Time: 3 hours, 33 minutes (2 intermissions)

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on – for the first time at the Met – the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczala as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed…The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”

Tickets: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors, $15 Students
Prices do not include handling fees.

The Modernistics–Song and Dance from the Great American Songbook

Funded by the Freda M. Charles Music Fund and held at Colby College, join Boston’s stellar jazz ensemble The Modernistics for a toe-tapping show of music and dance from The Great American Songbook. The group performs hits by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, and other master tunesmiths, including high-energy numbers like “Sunny Side of the Street,” “Paper Moon,” “Top Hat,” “Crazy Rhythm,” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”

The Met: La Fille du Régiment

This is a live HD Broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC.
Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes (1 intermission)

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks – including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

Tickets: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors, $15 Students
Prices do not include per ticket handling fees.