October 12, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carrie Kikel
Director of Public Relations
OR Addy Bittner
Public Relations Coordinator
IN THE WORLD OF MUSIC IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?"
TO OPEN OREGON SYMPHONY KIDS CONCERT SERIES
Portland, Ore. "Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?" will lead kids on a hilarious musical chase around the world in "The Case of the Missing Concert Hall" using clues from orchestral works with the help of Conductor Gary Sheldon and Bobby Weinapple (as Inspector Clue-Not) Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert opens the 2001-2002 Oregon Symphony Kids Concert series.
Based on the best-selling computer game, "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?," "The Case of the Missing Concert Hall" takes the audience on a hunt for Carnegie Hall, which has been stolen by the infamous Carmen Sandiego. Inspector Clue-Not and Conductor Sheldon discover musical clues with audience help in works like Glinka's Overture to "Ruslan and Ludmilla," Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" featuring soprano Ester Mae Moses. At the end of the program, Carnegie Hall is found in a bull ring in Spain to the toreador song from Bizet's "Carmen" as Sheldon bursts onstage in costume to conduct the orchestra in its Carnegie Hall debut. The program also features Navia's "Bolivian Dance of the Sikuras," Sousa's "Washington Post" March and the "Carmen Sandiego" Theme, arranged by Sheldon.
"The Case of the Missing Concert Hall" is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are $5 to $29 for adults and $5 to $22 for children 12 and younger and may be purchased at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office (923 S.W. Washington), Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or charged by phone at 503-228-1353 or (800) 228-7343. Tickets also may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets (790-ARTS) or through Ticketmaster Online, via the Symphony's Web site at www.orsymphony.org. Service fees may apply.
Carmen Sandiego is a registered trademark of The Learning Co. Inc.
The 2001-02 season marks Gary Sheldon's 14th as music director of the Lancaster Festival in Ohio, and his third as principal conductor for the Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho. Last season he ended his 10-year term as Music Director of the Marin Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Sheldon appears each season in a variety of guest conducting engagements, from opera and ballet to orchestral, including the popular young peoples concert program he created, "Where In The World Of Music Is Carmen Sandiego?"
In 1999, Gary Sheldon conducted the world premiere of the opera "Vanqui" by Leslie Burrs with Opera Columbus. He has also conducted the Eugene Opera in "Cavalleria Rusticana," "Pagliacci" and "Tosca"; the Sarasota Opera in "The Merry Widow"; Opera at Artpark in "The Barber of Seville"; San Diego Opera Center in "The Freelance" by John Philip Sousa; the Spoleto Festival in "Don Pasquale"; Opera Columbus in "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci"; and the Opera Theatre of Syracuse where he served as music director and conducted "The Barber of Seville," "La Perichole," "La Traviata," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Un Ballo in Maschera."
Since being hailed for his performance at the spectacular festival finale at the first Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., in 1977, Sheldon has gone on to conduct at a variety of festivals, including Artpark, Grant Park in Chicago, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where he conducted "Don Pasquale." Gary Sheldon was a prize-winner in two major conducting competitions, the Leopold Stokowski Competition in New York in 1986 and the Rupert Competition in London in 1982, after which Felix Aprahamian, the noted critic for The Times (London), proclaimed him to have "the most expressive left hand since Beecham."
In 1988, Mr. Sheldon founded the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, an ensemble which comprises musicians from orchestras as diverse as the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and Israel Philharmonic. Following the Orchestra's debut performance, The Columbus Dispatch stated, "... the group's auspicious debut... measured in part by many standing ovations is a tribute to Sheldon's organizational and directorial talents." Noted critic and commentator Martin Bookspan, who appeared as host for several concerts during that first festival, called Gary Sheldon "a superbly gifted musical leader... with a musical sensibility and a questing nature that set him apart from many of his contemporaries ... He has a warm and generous spirit that instantly wins the confidence of orchestral musicians."
Robert Weinapple is a professional actor, director and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked at many of the region's major theatres, including the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Pentecost, and Charlie Varon's long running political satire "Ralph Nader is Missing!" Other recent shows include "Lady Be Good" with 42nd Street Moon, for which he received a Drama-Logue Award for Principal Performance, "Rocket To The Moon" (Aurora Theatre Company), "Phantom" (Diablo Light Opera Company), "As You Like It" (Theatre Works), "Inspecting Carol," "A Shayna Maidel," "Born Yesterday" (Marin Theater Company), "How The Other Half Loves" (Center Repertory Company), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest" (Marin Shakespeare Company). He has also performed many school tours and shows for youth with the California Theatre Center, Bay Area Youth Theatre and the Marin Symphony.
Esther Mae Moses
Soprano Esther Mae Moses is a new member of the Oregon music community, having joined the Young Resident Artist Program and "Portland Opera Works!" this past year at the Portland Opera, under the direction of Robert Bailey and Diane Syrcle. This summer, she was selected to participate in the International Vocal Arts Institute. Moses relocated to Portland from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she completed her Master of Music degree under the instruction of vocal master, Barbara Honn. Her training also includes a music education degree. She has performed at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy, in her home state of New Mexico, the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and here in Portland. In 1999, she came to Oregon for the first time performing the title role in Puccini's "Suor Angelica" with Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute. Performances have included soloist in Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and the American premiere of Vivaldi's first opera, "Ottone in Villa" at CCM, under the direction of Sandra Bernhard. Most recently, Esther performed the role of Violetta in "La Traviata" Preview Concerts for the Portland Opera.
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