Opera-Palooza was a Smashing Success!
CAM’s first major collaboration with other music organizations was co-producing Opera-Palooza with Salt Marsh Opera and the City of New Haven. The event was held on the historic New Haven Green on a picture-perfect Saturday evening. Mezzo Soprano, Susanne Mentzer, was diva and host. From the many applications received, CAM’s Artistic Director, Wendy Morgan-Hunter, selected ten singers from around our state who are considered “emerging artists”. They performed opera selections, accompanied by the 26-piece Connecticut Festival Orchestra, to an audience of 3,000 who brought blankets, chairs and picnic dinners to the Green. Food trucks from many of New Haven’s famous Italian restaurants sold their wares on-site. Read the New Haven Independent article HERE!
Sunday, October 9th House Concert with Cuatro Puntos
Cuatro Puntos (‘four points’ in Spanish) is a non-profit organization and musical ensemble dedicated to global co-operation and peace through the writing, performance and teaching of music around the world. Musical diplomacy is the keystone of its mission: the musicians of Cuatro Puntos aim to spread peace and understanding through musical partnerships around the world, while always striving for the highest standards of artistic excellence. The ensemble focuses on three areas: theme-driven concerts and public programming; local education and outreach; and two-way cultural exchanges around the world. Cuatro Puntos hosts workshops in Hartford entitled ‘Chamber Music for Peace’, which help young musicians hone musical skills while they learn how to use music to engage with their community and the wider world. Cuatro Puntos has an ongoing cultural exchange with an El Sistema music programme in Tarija, Bolivia (hence the Spanish name of the group) and with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. Cuatro Puntos has performed and given master-classes and lectures extensively across North and South America, Europe and Asia. Their album of Afghan-inspired music for strings, recorded with musicians from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, is available on the Toccata Classics label. Expect a wonderful afternoon of music with a program of String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, K. 157 (Mozart), Graffiti for Idealists (Michael Laster) and String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op. 13 (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy). The 3PM concert will be held at a unique performance space in Westport. Purchase your tickets HERE! Address will be provided then!
The 2016 Heida Hermanns International Music Competition will be here soon!
CAM is in full swing for this year’s voice competition! With over 60 submissions received from around the world, the judges have their work cut out for them! The Competition’s Preliminary Judges have the task of winnowing down the 63 applicants to 16 for the Semi-Finals. For the Preliminary Round, each applicant was required to prepare and submit video recordings of one aria and one art song, in contrasting languages, with one being in English. The top 16 will be notified in early October and invited to the Competition Semi-Finals on Saturday, November 5th in Westport. .The top six Semi-Finalists will return on Sunday, November 6th to perform in the Finals Competition. The Competition returns to Westport this year and will be held at The Unitarian Church in Westport on Lyons Plains Road. Saturday is free and open to the public; you can come and go all day. The Finals Concert on Sunday is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased HERE!
Dear Members and Friends of CAM,
As CAM was one of the co-producers of Opera-Palooza, presented on the New Haven Green a month ago, I want to personally thank Mayor Harp of New Haven and her administration for the interest and support given to us in offering a select group of young, extraordinarily talented singers from our state the opportunity to perform in front of a particularly appreciative audience in such a beautiful setting – a summer evening on the New Haven Green. Putting all modesty aside, I thought that the production was extremely polished, professional and thoroughly enjoyable. It could never have been realized were it not for the inspiration and leadership from New Haven’s Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Andy Wolf, that resulted in the support of a large city government, funding by major corporate sponsors, participation by local New Haven small businesses, and a rewarding collaboration with CAM and one of Connecticut’s finest music organizations, Salt Marsh Opera, under the artistic direction of Simon Holt who conducted an accomplished Connecticut Festival Orchestra. Our own Wendy Morgan-Hunter was the Jurist who solicited applications from many talented singers throughout our state and selected the ten best performers . We will be continuing this collaboration on an annual basis going forward and I hope all of you will join the many thousands who came to the first event to enjoy the show next year.
We set another record this year by attracting the most applications ever to compete in this year’s Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition to be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th at The Unitarian Church in Westport. Sixty-three applications were received electronically from vocalists, representing many countries, who uploaded their audition videos that are now being reviewed by our panel of preliminary judges. Sixteen will be invited to compete in the Semi-Finals on November 5th. It’s an exciting event and I hope that you will join us.
Finally, I think that our next house concert on October 9th is very special, with a performance by the very talented ensemble, Cuatro Puntos, who have a unique musical mission. They will also be performing in a very unique Westport venue. I’m sure that you will enjoy the experience and I look forward to seeing you then.
All my best,
Barry Persky, President