BWW Previews: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera Grand Rapids Kicks Off a Fresh New Season!

BWW Previews: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera Grand Rapids Kicks Off a Fresh New Season!

BWW Previews: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera Grand Rapids Kicks Off a Fresh New Season!A couple weekends ago, September 28th, I was fortunate enough to attend the season kick off for the 51st season of Opera Grand Rapids. They had performances from nine local Artist and a surprise from one of the vocally trained members of the office staff, who if you follow our twitter @BWW_Detroit, was featured in a short clip of her performance of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands". Also one of my excitements for the evening came when they did a song that was done by Broadway's own Kristin Chenoweth, known for her role as Glinda in Wicked, "Glitter and Be Gay", which can also be seen on my twitter @theatrecrazyboy. Season kick off artist included: Avalon Cutts-Jones, Camille DeBoer, Cheri Reid, Jason Coffey, Jon Lovegrove, Madelaine Lane, Sarah Allmon, Sara Brown, Sarah Faasse, Trend Broussard, and we can't forget piano player for all these wonderful artist Dr. Kenneth Bos. Dr. Bos also has played for the Michigan High School Honors choir programs, and teaches music at Grand Rapids Community College.

This years season kicks off with one of the most currently popular operas The Magic Flute will be playing Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th, 2018 at DeVos Performance Hall. All but three artists in the show are local from Grand Rapids, Toledo, and/or Detroit.

The following is the press release information from the show:

The Magic Flute with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Opera Grand Rapids' love affair with the prodigy from Salzburg continues with his final beloved master piece, The Magic Flute. Performed in English, this magical tale of allegorical tale of equality between all men and women has enchanted audiences since its premiere more then two hundred years ago. Opera Grand Rapids' production stars acclaimed artist John Viscardi as the comic Papageno and Jana McIntyre as the star-blazing Queen of the Night, with the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus and the Grand Rapids Symphony under the baton of Artistic Director Maestro James Meena.

DeVos Performance Hall

303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tickets from $26

Student Tickets $5

Group tickets Discounts available

Season Subscription Discount 15% till October 24

Tickets available online at: ticketmaster.com or (616) 451-2741

For more info on Opera Grand Rapids check out there website: https://www.operagr.org

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Brian Hilbrand ? Brian Hilbrand- My interest in musicals started when we watched Sound of Music when I was growing up as a family. ?I did school Musicals elementary and middle school, and then I saw my first community production in 7th grade when Lion Heart Productions did ?The Sound Music?. ? The following year they casted me into ?Oliver!? in fall of 2001, and I did a run of show after including ?The King and I?, ?Music Man?, and ?Guys and Doll?s?. ?After that I took a Small hiatus to attend collage for radio broadcasting, in which I did allot of singing in public as well as hosting karaoke on campus. ?

After collage I returned to acting for Lion Heart theatre for ?Wizard of Oz? in Fall of 2011, ??Annie?, ?Shrek the Musical?, ?Fiddler on The Roof? and currently in ?Mary Poppins?. ? I have also assisted with many productions for Lion Heart as an animal handler, child wrangler, and stage manager for kids theatre. This has all lead me to be able to stage manage for ?Moose Fest? an all day musical concert.

I also LOVE to attend Grand Rapids Broadway tours in Grand Rapids, and hope to bring attention to the awesome shows we have locally as well as some community groups as well. ?If you would like to have your show info posted for local shows let me know, and send me the info.


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