Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start . . .

When you read you begin with A, B, C

When you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi

The original story from the 1956 German film, ‘Die Trapp-Familie‘ combined with Maria von Trapp’s autobiography, ‘The Story of the Trapp Family Singers‘ was the basis for Rodger’s and Hammersteins now beloved family Musical classic, The Sound of Music. Debuting in 1959 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway.

Three years later in Alaska, was the founding of Anchorage Opera, in 1962. In just three more years the national 1965 debut of The Sound of Music film would mirror the first Off-Broadway presentation of the staged musical- at yours truly– Anchorage Opera in it’s 1965/1966 Season. Yes, that means AO and the world-wide classic film starring Dame Julie Andrews share anniversaries!

A mere 47 years later brings us back to do-oh-oh-oh! Anchorage Opera’s 50th Anniversary season celebrates and revisits it’s roots by producing the acclaimed Rodger’s & Hammersteins musical, The Sound of Music. This March, Alaskans experience their spectacular “hills” alive with the sound of music once more.

This monumental production, boasting nine sensational performances, takes the stage Friday night, March 30th at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. For more information or to purchase tickets: visit http://www.anchorageopera.org; call 907-263-ARTS now.

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The Powerful Feel of AO’s New Production of La Boheme!

DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!!! Feb. 19, 23, 25, 27, 2011
Discovery Theater, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
OPENING NIGHT ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!

Click here to get your tickets!!

Glorious Spain! Did You Know? One of the greatest movements of music ever composed, Aranjuez 2.

 View of the Spanish city of Toledo (from National Geographic).

      ·        It’s the brave Toreador (or Torera) facing the awesome bull.

·        It’s the gypsy Flamenco dancer performing on a warm starry night in Andalusia.

·        It’s Lady ‘Ibarruri’ (La Passionara) inspiring folks to live through the Spanish Civil War.

·        It’s Hemingway sipping a Spanish cocktail while writing about the same horrible war.

·        It’s Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra.

·        It’s Cervantes and Don Quixote.

·        It’s the cry of Boabdil (the last African King of Spain).

·        It’s generations of families out for a beautiful evening stroll in Madrid.

·        It’s Zarzuela.

·        It’s students at the University of Salamanca discussing the future of Spain.

·        It’s socializing after work with Spanish vino and tapas (wine and finger foods).

·        It’s the Basque proudly clinging to land and heritage.

·        It’s the Spanish-American fiercely proud of their Spanish lineage.

·        It’s other folks equally proud of the grandeur of Spain.

·        It’s Picasso’s Guernica.

·        It’s Goya’s ‘etchings’.

·        It’s Ferdinand and Isabella funding Columbus’ voyage to the new world.

·        It’s the person on the continent of America suddenly realizing how interconnected the history of Spain is with the history of America and the entire world.

·        It’s the impossible dream.

·        It’s AO’s 2008-2009 Season-to-Die-for, Passions of Spain.

·        It’s all this and much, much more rolled into one of the greatest movements of music ever composed, the 2nd movement of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Click here to listen/see Xuefei Yang perform this fantastic movement.

Rodrigo … You Rock. And we Salute you!

 

 

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