Thursday, June 25, 2009

Congratulations, Joe!

Joseph Krzysiak (center), bassist with the Light Opera Works Orchestra, played his 50th show with the company at the opening production of our 29th season, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Pictured with Joe are Conductor and Music Director RogerBingaman (left), and concertmaster Harvey Lobstein, (right). Members of the Light Opera Works are represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Waltz Time!

Here's Light Opera Works Music Director Roger Bingaman discussing the use of the waltz in Sondheim's A Little Night Music, playing through June 14 at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston. Roger spoke at our recent "At Home" event. For more about the waltz and A Little Night Music, come hear Mike Kotze's "Balcony Talk" on Sunday, June 14 at 12:45 in the upstairs Balcony of Cahn.

At Home with Light Opera Works

Last month we had our annual Season Opening Party for donors, generously hosted by board member Cathy Westphal and her husband Gary Raphael at their beautiful North Shore home.

Forty Light Opera Works supporters (including our Gala committee and Events staff, picture right) enjoyed wine, Sangria and a light buffet, and enjoyed meeting each other and several cast members from A Little Night Music.

I always enjoy speaking directly with our patrons, and it was great to introduce the season to such an intimate and enthusiastic crowd . The event is part of our At Home series, where patrons who make direct donations of at least $100 are invited to meet our actors and designers in homes and boutiques around Chicago and the North Shore.

Artistic Director Rudy Hogenmiller also spoke, telling us about Sondheim’s wonderful dancing script, and showing guests the designer’s model of the set. Said Rudy, “the show never stops moving, with scenes dancing in and out, so we’ve tried to make the set dance as well.” It was delightful watching Rudy, with his dancer’s background, practically start to dance himself as he enthusiastically described the show. You’ll get to see it all for yourself June 5 through 14 at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.

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