Music Preview: SONGS OF FANTASY (The Fox Singers in Santa Monica)

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by John Todd on January 10, 2020

in Music,Theater-Los Angeles


The Verdi Chorus is So Cal’s only choral group which centers around the dramatic and diverse music for an opera chorus. The Fox Singers, who constitute the professional ensemble of this wonderful chorus, are presenting, for one-night only on Sat. Feb. 1 at 7:30, a program devoted to all things fantastical. You can expect enchanting arias, duets and ensembles from opera, as well as beloved songs from mid-century American musical theater. Some of the most iconic roles in the worlds of opera and Broadway include Mozart’s Papageno and Papagena (The Magic Flute) and Bernstein’s Candide and Cunegonde (Candide). A little animated bluebird told me if you wish hard enough, you might also hear from Peter Pan.

The Verdi Chorus was founded in 1983 at the Verdi Restaurant in Santa Monica. When the restaurant closed in 1991, the Verdi Chorus continued. In 1999, the Chorus incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Under the continuous direction of Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum, the Chorus presents four concerts each year as well as other collaborative events. Its repertoire includes over 300 choruses from 81 operas in seven languages.

photos courtesy of The Verdi Chorus

Songs of Fantasy
The Fox Singers
presented by The Verdi Chorus
First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St. in Santa Monica
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 7:30
for tickets ($10-$40), call 800.838.3006 or visit Verdi Chorus

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