Considered the “first Spaghetti Western,” Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West) highlights the rigors of the mid-1800’s California mining rush and depicts the rough and tumble world of the Wild West. Virginia Opera brings their latest production to the Carpenter Theatre in Dominion Arts Center this weekend!
It’s going to be a coastal wonderland of sound on this week’s World Music Show (11/18). That’s right, from the obvious locales, such as tropical sounds from the beaches of Ipanema, to the not so apparent, such as beats from the wind-swept, craggily-rocky areas of Ireland and Greece, we’ll try to inhabit the entire spectrum of beach music.
Now, with that hearty introduction out of the way, let’s break down some of the coastal routes we’ll be taking.
Pianist Norman Krieger is featured on a new recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra led by JoAnn Falletta. The album, produced by Decca Records, includes the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor and the Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, “Emperor.” The concertos were recorded during a live performance in Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall.
Ben Hall is about the best friend a guitar could ever have. Not only as an accomplished player but as an aficionado and student of style, especially in the school of the distinctive thumb picking style of legends like Chet Atkins and Merle Travis.
Those of you who’ve been to many of our concerts over the years and listened to this program are no doubt aware of how often we seem to draw from the rich proving ground of roots music being created in Carolina. Past Studio A guests include the Kruger Brothers, the Harris and Moore Brothers, Mipso, River Whyless and the Snyder Family. All with tar on their heels.