With “Treblemaker: The Opera!”, The Little Orchestra Society
Is Back Onstage in New York. Come See How a Piece of Musical Art Is Born
By Elena Frigenti
Who said Opera is just for grownups, and it makes kids get bored? Maybe someone who has never experienced a performance by The Little Orchestra Society. On Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, Professor Treblemaker is going to get on stage for one of his famed brilliant exhibitions. “Treblemaker: The Opera!” is the second appointment of the L.O.S. 2022 season: a kind of contemporary take on the anatomy of an opera.
In this fictional storytelling, L.O.S. has commissioned a brand-new work, and Professor Clifford O. Treblemaker, aka the beloved modern-day version of the “absent-minded” professor and merry mayhem maker, is chosen to deliver the assignment. He ends up enlisting Maestro Miller, (L.O.S. ‘s Artistic Advisor David Alan Miller) and an ensemble of talented young singers to perform a mashup of opera’s greatest hits. With a witty script crafted by Craig Shemin, an award-winning writer and director who wrote for the Muppets of the Jim Henson Company, Professor Treblemaker’s new opera will include songs from famed operas and arias, including “Marriage of Figaro”, “La Bohème”, “Barber of Seville”, and “Rigoletto.” But there’s room for novelty too: a new piece by Molly Joyce, “Whale Song,” will be premiered.
As per L.O.S. tradition, the young audience will be actively involved in the concert, showing how music it’s not just something to listen to, but an inspirational moment that can spark creativity, add meaning and purpose in life, and build life skills in both the aspiring musician and the avid listener. This season is particularly meaningful for L.O.S., celebrating their 75th anniversary.
The concerts will take place at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, New York, on April 2nd and 3rd, 2022, at 11:30 am and 1 pm. Details and tickets at http://www.littleorchestra.org/concerts