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Opera Theater of Connecticut presents Andrew Lloyd Webber Superstar of Song and Stage Tuesday, March 22 at the Sanibel Music Festival. “The powerful music of Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita and other favorites will be on the program, punctuated by Artistic Director Alan Mann’s knowledgeable commentary”, said Sanibel Music Festival President Jana Stone. “Due to popular demand, for the first time, both a matinee and evening performance are scheduled this year.”
Tickets are on sale now at the Sanibel Music Festival website; in-person on Sanibel at Bank of the Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way (check and cash only); by mail to Sanibel Music Festival, PO Box 1623, Sanibel, FL 33957; or by phone at 239-344-7025. Concerts are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Sanibel U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way. The Opera Theater of Connecticut is sponsored by the LAT Foundation.
Artistic Director Alan Mann is also Executive Director of the Hartford Chorale, a renowned guest speaker known for “Opera Talks”, a frequent vocal competition judge and a guest director. “Alan brings a talented team each year,” continued Stone. “We are already planning for a wonderful Lerner and Loewe review in 2023 featuring favorites from My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, and more.”
The Sanibel Music Festival season continues March 26 with Classical Music Hall of Fame members, the Emerson String Quartet. Their unparalleled list of achievements spanning four decades includes more than thirty renowned recordings, nine Grammys (including two for the Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year.” In 2015, the Emerson received The Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, the highest award in classical chamber music.
The season concludes with the two Emerging Artist Series concerts on March 29 and April 5 featuring the Bower School of Music string ensembles and symphony orchestra under the direction of Dr Kyle Szabo. “The Emerging Artist Series received enthusiastic reviews when introduced in Sanibel in 2021,” said Board Member Gloria Garrett. “We anticipate another set of energetic concerts full of surprises.” The concerts will feature solo performances by Glen Basham, concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic and Dr. Kyle Szabo, head of strings studies and Orchestra Director at FGCU.”
Emerging Artist Series concerts are performed for free will donations on the Sanibel Music Festival website or at the concert. Pre-register on the website to assure seating.