10-7-17 - PV Goes to the Opera - USR, Ridgewood

PV made a triumphant return to its original "home base", the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, on Saturday October 7th to celebrate its 15th Anniversary Season.  The program featured Metropolitan Opera Star Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano, in the World Premiere of Thomas Juneau's "Songs of the Laurel Tree", a set of five songs centered on poems about Daphne and Apollo. It was PV's 78th new work since the inception of its "Mission to Commission"(R) in 2003, and the work's glorious harmonies and colorful textures delighted musicians and audience alike.  Other works on the program included a medley of arias from Mozart's Magic Flute, a transcription of the Overture from Scott Joplin's only opera, Treemonisha, the famous "Flower Duet" from Lakme by Leo Delibes and Barbara Dever's show-stopping rendition of "Mon Coeur" from Saint-Saens' Samson & Davila.  Here are pictures of the artists after the concert.