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Chamber Orchestra teams up with guest artist, Opera on the James for fall concert

Smith Hall Theatre

Smith Hall Theatre

Randolph College will host its annual Fall Orchestra Concert on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre, inside Smith Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s performance will feature Randolph Chamber Orchestra musicians along with guest artist Corrine Byrne (soprano) and Tyler Young Artists from Opera on the James. The collaboration with Opera on the James Tyler Young Artists will feature Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, a short, one-act opera that takes audiences on a strange journey into the minds of two married couples during a regular evening card game.

“The musical language is by turns jazzy, atonal, quirky, comical, and lyrical, typical of a distinctly American style explored by Barber in his full-length opera Vanessa, which precedes Bridge by a few years,” said Thomas Getty, director of Opera on the James’s Tyler Young Artist Program. “Both have a libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, composer of Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Medium, and The Consul, amongst other works.”

Getty said the collaboration with Randolph’s Chamber Orchestra fulfills Opera on the James’s mission to bring world-class opera to Lynchburg and surrounding communities. Musicians in the Tyler Young Artist Program are the company’s ambassadors of opera, performing concerts and giving classroom presentations to elementary schools throughout the area.

“It is somewhat ironic that when you work for an arts organization, there’s very little opportunity to see and hear other things that are going on in the area,” Getty said. “I’ve missed out on so many concerts and shows because I was too busy with my own stuff, so this is my first opportunity to see and hear what the students of Randolph College have to offer. I’m very excited for this concert, and I hope it will lead to future collaborations with the College.”


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