Under the musical direction of Reuben Blundell, The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra presents a concert on March 24 at 3 pm featuring mezzo soprano opera singer Barbara Dever and tenor Robert Cart. The concert takes place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $17 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and may be purchased by calling the box office at 610.622.1189 or by visiting www.udpac.org. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill. Parking is free. For more information on the upcoming season visit www.lansdowneso.org.
The concert opens with “Das Lied von der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”), a composition written by the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler between 1908 and 1909 and comprised of six songs for two singers who alternate movements. Guest soloists are mezzo-soprano Barbara Dever and tenor Robert Cart. Next, the orchestra will perform the Overture, Dance of the Polovetsian Maidens, and Polovetsian Dances from Alexander Borodin’s (1833-1887) opera “Prince Igor.” Many consider the opera “Prince Igor“ to be Borodin’s finest work.
Guest soloist Barbara Dever is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer who has appeared with Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Nello Santi and James Levine. She has sung at the Washington Opera, New National Theater (Tokyo), Michigan Opera Theatre, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Cincinnati Opera.
Robert Cart is an American operatic tenor who has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Philips Collection. His recording, Serenata Mexicana, has been aired on several regional and national radio stations, and can be found on the Centaur Records Label. Cart has served as Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Rowan University in New Jersey and currently holds the position of Director of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra is currently a semi-finalist in the 2019 American Prize, a national competition in the performing arts. The LSO was named a finalist in 2018. “It has been gratifying being recognized here in Delaware County, in Philadelphia, and around the USA as an outstanding orchestra,” said music director Reuben Blundell.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.