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'There seems to be a sort-of vacuum on the New York musical scene,' he
said. 'Not every venue can afford to hire St Luke's or the Orpheus
Chamber Ensemble, and not every concertgoer can afford to buy tickets
at the astronomical prices. The MCO was created with an aim to fill
in this gap. We hope to serve audiences who are looking for
innovative programming that still remains shy of the line dividing the
interesting and the avant-garde.'
'Many of the great composers,' continued Nuzzo, 'reduced their works --
Mahler, Mozart, and Schoenberg, among many others. There is also a
reduction of Wagner's Ring by Jonathan Dove, and he also did a
reduction of Beethoven's Fidelio. The MCO focuses on bringing these
fine reductions to public attention, and we like to highlight
arrangements of well-known works in our programming. Additionally,
we've even commissioned reductions by our own accord, including one of
Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier by Enno Poppe.'
On Saturday 4 March 2006, Nuzzo and the MCO will continue honoring
its vow to deliver pure, entertaining programs, with the presentation
of their 'Ides of Mozart' concert -- an all-Mozart program to honor the
250th birthday of the one and the only, Wolfgang Amadeus. Works
slated for this program include the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings,
the overture to Die Zauberflöte, and Motet Exultate Jubilate.
The full ensemble will perform Mozart's Symphony No 29 in A Major, and
sopranos Deborah Surdi and Therese Panicali will join tenor Douglas
McCormick and the MCO in aria selections from Le Nozze de Figaro, Don
Giovanni, and Idomeneo.
Nuzzo asserted that the Mozart arias will likely be one of the biggest
draws for this upcoming program: 'A large bulk of Mozart's work was
comprised of Italian operas, and so we at the MCO felt this concert
would aptly represent a large part of this wonderful repertoire. I
feel particularly blessed that I have such fine singers joining us to
bring these pieces to life.'
'I know Deborah [Surdi] for twenty-five years now,' he continued
without pause, 'she is an extremely reliable, experienced singer, who
could have easily chosen singing as a full-time profession. Instead,
however, she chose to contribute to the arts by way of administration,
selecting a very different, but equally great, path in music.'
Therese Julia Panicali
'Therese [Panicali] has a very unique instrument and sings with great
passion, as well as with an extraordinary amount of power. She is
truly a diamond in the rough. And Douglas did such a fine job with
Sean [Hickey]'s work, Sagesse, when we invited him to perform last
October, that I would have been truly remiss, had I not asked him back
Copyright © 4 March 2006
Ted Kendall, New York, USA