Unveiling the magic of 'The Magic Flute'

On Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Mozart’s enthralling music from "The Magic Flute" will be front and center at the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

This Mozart masterpiece is an allegorical opera, seemingly illogical today. But the composer’s magnificent music reflects 18th century Masonic symbolism and Enlightenment themes. He used intricately beautiful music for both comic and dark individuals and drew it together in a composition that continues to enchant audiences more than two centuries after its first performance in 1791, two months before his death.

At FYI: Opera, David Bamberger, Director of Opera Theater at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will provide a background of information and music around Mozart’s final masterwork. Bamberger, an expert dispenser of opera wisdom, will be accompanied by talented CIM student vocalists to perform selected arias from the opera.

First time FYI: Opera attendees are awed at the delightful experience of hearing gifted voices singing great music in an intimate space within the framework of Bamberger’s knowledge and humor. It has been dubbed a hidden gem of quality entertainment.

The Oct. 15 program, like all FYI: Opera programs, is offered FREE to the public by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, which has sponsored the FYI: Opera programs for over 25 years.

The FYI program is a preview of CIM’s full, new production of "The Magic Flute" which will be performed November 6-9. Information and tickets for CIM’s production are available at cim.edu/promos/magicflute or by calling 216-795-3211.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.01.2013