Tibetan Food + Operatic Zombies = <3

In an unlikely combination that could probably only happen in Boston and, specifically, only in Somerville.  Geoff and I combined an evening of tasty Tibetan cuisine with a Zombie Opera for our Valentine’s outing.


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La Zombiata – A ZOMBIE Opera

You know, there are some new operas that just don’t interest me that much.  There’s something uninspired or over academic about some of the stuff that I’ve seen recently that has left me cold.

Then Teri* told me she was auditioning for a Zombie Opera.  And I was intrigued.

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Go out and get some culture! Concerts for YOU.

I have concert listings.  Lots of concert listings.  These are upcoming concerts that I’m not performing in but will try to attend.  You should try to go as well.  Music is good for the soul.  Also, Bach rocks.  And, there may be cake.

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OPEN MIC OPERA on Tuesday March 11 at 7 pm in Cambridge

This is happening at our church.  If you’re available to come and sing or to come and listen please stop by.  It sounds like great fun.

For Immediate Release- Tuesday, March 11, 2014, starting at 7:00 pm, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, the weekly “Tuesday Nights” concert series presents Open Mic Opera.  Local opera singers, younger and older, amateur and professional, are invited to sing their hearts out.  Collaborative pianist Juliet Cunningham, who has accompanied opera, oratorio and musical theater singers (and produced operas with her Janus Opera Company) will play whatever you bring.  Suggested donation of $10 at the door.  For more information about the weekly “Tuesday Nights” concert series please visit www.saintpeterscambridge.org/news-events/announcements/tuesdaynightconcertseries    

Open mic opera?  In Boston – the home of the Red Sox, the Bruins, the Celtics?  Yes, and it isn’t new either.  Many lovers of Italian food will remember a restaurant near Quincy Market that used to feature singing waiters.  In other parts of the country, such as California, there have been restaurants with nights given over to singers performing opera arias and scenes for the past two to three decades, according to Duff Murphy, host of The Opera Show on Los Angeles’s radio station KUSC.   In case you thought opera was just for the old folks, Murphy also has observed that it has become popular with many 20- and 30- somethings.  Robert Hansen, executive director of the National Opera Association has been quoted to the effect that open mic opera is growing in popularity because “there is a huge population out there now of singers who want some sort of opportunity to sing, whether they make a living doing it, for pocket money or just for the love of singing.”  Boston is brimming over with opera singers.  This is an opportunity for them to strut their stuff in public, with encouragement and at no risk.  All singers are welcome to participate, and you can bring your accompanist and audience with you. 

Me, I’d probably bring some Musical Theatre just to shake things up a bit.


Want to sing in an opera?

I can’t make it out to Concord to do this, but it sounds like a heck of a good time.  If you end up doing this, please let me know?  This is an email I just received from my friend Greg of the Seraphim Singers.

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Upcoming Boston Music Events

As my New Job has finally been able to update the website, I’ve now been able to update my resume.  That also means that I can do things like advertise cool opera related things here like discounted tickets.  As I’ve also picked up some part time work at the Harvard Book Store working their events, I figured I should point out some upcoming events that might be interesting to the music geeks who read this blog.

Please note, as it says at the very bottom of the page, this is our blog and I am posting this as a service to my readers and friends, not because I’ve been asked to by my employer(s) or because it benefits me in any way.  (Other than giving me something nifty to write about.)

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