Genre: Classical
Produced by Great Music for a Great City

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College presents a Concert for Peace in honor of President Barack Obama, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Produced by Great Music for a Great City, the Concert for Peace will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 7:30pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, NYC. Admission is FREE.

The featured Virginia Opera Company will be joined by actor Eli Wallach, United States government officials, the Norwegian Ambassador, Songs of Solomon and the Mozart Academy Ensemble in a program of music and readings. The evening will culminate in a performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy by all soloists and choruses accompanies by the Mozart Academy Ensemble.

The program featuring the Virginia Opera Company, Peter Mark, Founder and Director will include performances of arias and duets by soprano Veronica Mitina from St. Petersburg, Russia; tenor and former Marine Daniel Snyder; and versatile African-American baritone Lawrence Craig accompanied by Virginia Opera’s Associate Artistic Director and pianist Joseph Walsh. At the climax of the celebration Peter Mark, Artistic Director of both the International Opera Alliance and Virginia Opera Company, will introduce the musical tribute. Broadway Composer & Pianist Jimmy Roberts (“I Love You…You’re Perfect…Now Change”) will perform his unique repertoire including his new song, “One Bright World”. Recently Virginia Opera Company was represented at the Maputo International Music Festival in Mozmbique, Ms. Mitina starred in “Eugene Onegin” and recently opened Virginia Opera’s 35th season as Mimi in “La bohème”. Directed by Chantel Wright, Songs of Solomon, a vocal ensemble, will offer both gospel and Baroque holiday music. The Mozart Academy Ensemble will perform “Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin in D Major”.

About the Company: Old Kent Road Theater

The Old Kent Road Theater situates idiosyncratic ensemble pieces against the chaos and concrete of New York City, seeking authentic, evocative performance committed to the comedy of desire, the physicality of loss, and the possibility of new open spaces. Founded in 2005 by Eric Bland and Scott Eckert, the Old Kent Road Theater has been invited to perform at various downtown theaters including The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Brick, Dixon Place, and The Bushwick Starr.   OKRT plays have been noted for their ‘vibrant characters…heartfelt passion, and spirited volleys of non sequiturs’ (Village Voice) and described as ‘downtown theatre at its best’ (New York  Martin Denton of recently noted, ‘Eric Bland is turning into the Woody Allen of his generation, possibly.’

Open:   12/12/09
Close:   12/12/09

December 12, 2009
Theater:   Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Address:   899 Tenth Avenue
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