Monday, January 9 @ Noon-1:00pm
Larkins Music Center, 2nd Floor Willson Recital Hall
Bring your lunch to the Willson Recital Hall at 257 Dauphin Street and let Mobile Opera serenade you with live music from some of our community’s finest talent, featuring Kathryn Hedlund and Patrick Jacobs, accompanied by Christopher Lovely. Dine in style no matter what you are eating and come and go to suit your schedule. We will just keep singing.
Did you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to put an opera together? The renowned Mobile Opera Chorus will demonstrate a part of that process in an open rehearsal. Get a preview of the music from upcoming productions and enjoy a glass of wine and other light refreshments, hosted by the Mobile Opera Board of Directors.
How much do you know about opera? We are guessing we can stump you and for certain we will have you giggling and googling with our third annual Opera Trivia Quiz. Find us on Facebook with our tongue in our cheek. Lots of fun and fanciful prizes!
Fairhope History Museum
Dr. Jeffrey Goodman explores the life and work of Sidney Lanier, a self-made educator, musician, and important American poet. Enjoy the lecture with plenty of time to talk about the accomplishments of this great man (for whom Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery is named). The lecture will introduce and lead into the presentation of Lanier’s work in an original way on Friday night, Orpheus’ Son: The Life of Sidney Lanier. Presented in partnership with the Fairhope History Museum.
Sidney Lanier was prominent in education, music, and is best known for his poetry. Famed tenor, Gran Wilson, has created a presentation of Lanier’s life and work in a compelling and fascinating combination of letters to and from his wife and Lanier’s poetry, all woven together by narration. Produced as a Reader’s Theater with Gran Wilson, Stacey Driskell, Scott & Sarah Wright, and Thomas Rowell, with Travis Jones on flute.
Larkins Music Center – second floor, Katherine Willson Recital Hall
Let the stars of tomorrow’s opera stage entertain you with their talent. Named for Mobile Opera’s founder, this venerable vocal competition attracts emerging artists from around the Southeast to compete for cash scholarships, recognition and prestige. The top ten finalists will present their selections for a panel of judges and you, as a member of the audience, can be a judge as well. The collective vote of the audience will be included in the selection process and the winners announced on the spot. Admission is free and so is the excitement.
Bernheim Hall – Ben May Public Library
Calling all nuns, goat herders, baronesses, and brown paper packages tied up with string (or any of your favorite things): Sing along with Maria and wave your Edelweiss; snuggle up with Gretel and join in choruses of “My Favorite Things,” all along with other fans who love the Oscar®-winning movie as much as you do! Seriously… it’s a sing-a-long! And to make it even more fun, come dressed as your favorite character from the movie. Admission is free and presented in partnership with the Mobile Public Library. Costume and vocal talent not required.