This weekend, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra joins legendary bass/baritone and Kansas-native Samuel Ramey for two performances of Bluebeard’s Castle. The one-act opera takes place in a setting of ornate, towering pieces of blown glass. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports….
Intensity looms within the Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita. Rehearsals are underway for Bluebeard’s Castle.
The powerful opera packs a lot of emotion into the short run time of 60 minutes.
It might be hard to imagine that one of the greatest living pianists began his life without much music in his home. But Stephen Hough began exactly that way—he became enamored of the piano when he saw one at an aunt’s house and realized it would allow him to add music to the nursery rhymes he loved singing. Before long, he begged his parents to buy him one and pay for lessons. As it turned out, piano transformed not only his life but his family’s as well.
Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist. She performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She has performed in orchestras around the U.S. and has made appearances nationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an instructor at music festivals. She studied at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria; and at Wichita State University's School of Music. In addition to her Classical music pursuits, she often performs with bands of a variety of styles and is interested in improvisation.
Eliot Fisk splits his time as a performer, recording artist, and educator between Europe and North America, but the largely self-taught musician––who did study with guitar master Andres Segovia––says that it’s his native land, the United States, that gives him the strongest sense of identity.