Opera productions are more than meets the eye (and ear): backstage technicians and under-stage musicians are just as decisive in an opera’s success as the title-role singers. So, imagine the challenges facing last season’s Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy Opera of the Vienna Philharmonic: learn to work seamlessly together while keeping extraordinarily stringent social-distancing health precautions. Well done crew: not one production member was exposed to Covid-19. Moreover, their efforts to protect each other brought them together as an artistic family: according to casting agencies, such a superb production of Don Giovanni had not been produced in the past forty years. Come welcome this Pandemic-era production’s protagonists to our show for a lesson on resilience.
When: Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)
The famous anecdote about the 19th-century Impressionist composer Claude Debussy was that, seated at the piano in front of his Paris Conservatoire professor, he played a series of chords that he knew went against everything he had been taught (id est chord progression by parallel fifths). Debussy then looked at his teacher and asked why anyone in her/his right mind would avoid playing sonorities that were so attractive to her/him. “You can break the rules because you know them, Claude” was the gist of the professor’s response. Similar anecdotes are sure to be told about Arsentiy Kharitonov, an award-winning pianist and composer, Cicely Parnas, an award-winning cellist and Peter John, an award-winning pianist and composer: like Debussy, the three graduated from the classical music world’s top conservatories, where they were prepared for careers in a music industry of the past; the rules they learned would not guide them even one step out of the conservatory’s front door. That’s when entrepreneurship comes in and the chords thicken… Come welcome Arsentiy, Cicely and Peter to our show and get ready for a redefinition of virtuosity.
When: Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)
There are assumably a lot of violin & piano duos around, but how many of them are married?! Furthermore, how many are, respectively, Heads of the Strings and Piano Programs at one of Chicago’s most prestigious music conservatories? Come welcome MingHuan and Winston to our show and get ready for a dynamic duo, the likes of which you have never heard before!
When: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)
Kelley McGarry & Jesus Saenz, co-founders of Musicians for the World Inc., a charitable organization based in the USA, aspire to teach music students in every corner of the world by “virtual music education.” Come welcome Kelley and Jesus to our show for a look at the future of music education and let’s hear from some of their truly international students.
When: Wednesday, July 28th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)
The Embassy of El Salvador in Austria invites you to meet two Salvadoran musicians, Audiel Benjamín Ávalos and Juan Guerra González, who will present their work on the show “Vienna Live with Simeon Morrow.”
When: Wednesday, July 21st, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)