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Coffee @ Kerr

Virtual Lecture Series

The Coffee @ Kerr series will continue through our 2020/21 Season and feature virtual lectures designed to enhance your understand of the music, themes, and history behind opera. Join us for a free virtual music and lecture series at the Kerr Cultural Center. Each lecture is designed to enhance your understanding of the music, themes, and history of opera, capped off by a musical selection sung by an Arizona Opera Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist.

 

 

Schedule:

50 years and counting with arizona opera

Date and Time: April 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM MST
Location: Kerr Cultural Center (Virtual Event)

Join Marshall Shore, Arizona's Hip Historian as we kick off Arizona Opera's upcoming 50th anniversary season. This lecture will take you through 50 years of Arizona's state history, and begin our journey exploring Arizona Opera's robust past. The program will conclude with a live performance from Marion Roose Pullin Studio Alumna Kaitlyn Johnson.

 

Playing On Stage: The Evolution of Child Roles in Opera

Date and Time: March 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM MST
Location: Kerr Cultural Center (Virtual Event)

Opera is often associated with dramatic stories, culminating in the tragic death of the diva. Still, children have had an increasing involvement in the stories we sing. In this lecture, Dr. Miriam Schildkret, Arizona Opera Education Teaching Artist and ASU alumna, will outline the fascinating history of how children grew to take “center stage” in this beloved art form.

 

A Day in the Life; The Stories Behind the Song

Date and Time: February 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM MST
Location: Kerr Cultural Center (Virtual Event)

Join Arizona Opera and David Schildkret, the Director of Choral Activities at ASU, as we explore the stories behind the song…and the singer. Opera is all about incredible stories that are told on stage, but there are equally fascinating tales about the people that dedicate their lives to making the magic and the music come to life. Join us as we pull back the curtain on what really goes into learning to sing opera. We will be joined by Arizona Opera Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist, Mack Wolz, who will not only share stories about their own personal journey, but will perform one of their favorite arias for you.

 

The Invention of Opera

Date and Time: October 28, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Location: Kerr Cultural Center (Virtual Event)

Have you ever wondered where it all began? Presented by Brian DeMaris, Artistic Director of Music Theatre, and Opera at Arizona State University, “The Invention of Opera” will take us through the history of opera and where it came from up to the Mozart opera’s we know and love today. The presentation will conclude with a live performance from one of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artists.

     

 

The Invention of the American Musical

Date and Time: November 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Location: Kerr Cultural Center (Virtual Event)

Opera? Musical? What is the difference? Join Artistic Director of Music Theatre, and Opera at Arizona State University, Brian DeMaris, as we dive into the Invention of the American Musical. In this presentation we will learn about the history of musical theatre and where it came from, including Operetta, Minstrelsy, Vaudeville, and early Musical Comedy. The presentation will conclude with a live performance from one of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artists.

  


Arizona Opera’s Department of Education and Community Engagement programs are made possible through the support of: Karen Fruen, The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, Dr. Rex Brewster, Invest in Kids Charitable Gift Fund, The Moreno Family Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Fillman Gorin Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The City of Peoria, and Desert Diamond Casino West Valley.