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Talks with the Maestro
at 1:00PM in BP Hall
Concert Time
Maestro Victor Vener
Chorus Maestra
Marya Basaraba

August 11 - "Carmen" Goes to the Movies

Excerpts from George Bizet’s greatest opera, “Carmen”, featuring soloists Audrey Babcock, Cedric Berry, Annalise Staudt, and the Cal Phil Chorale under the direction of Maestro Marya Basaraba. Plus, classic film music by Ennio Morricone (“The Mission,” “Cinema Paradiso”), John Williams, Bill Conti, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Elton John (“The Lion King”), and more.



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George Bizet





Toreador Song

La garde Montan



Gypsy Song

George Bizet was born Alexandre-Cesar-Leopold Bizet on October 25th, 1838 in Paris, France and died on June 3rd, 1875. His father was a singing teacher, and his mother a pianist. Displaying early talent, George Bizet was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at the unprecedented age of 9 years old, eventually studying under composer Charles Gounod. Bizet had a flourishing career as a student, being recognized as a highly accomplished pianist, winning multiple prizes. Unfortunately, as an adult, due to the conventional tastes of Parisian audiences, he had difficulty getting his works performed and had to earn a living arranging and transcribing music written by other composers.

Many of Bizet’s compositions were unfinished or lost. He was however a frequent guest at Jacques Offenbach’s parties, and was admired by Franz Liszt for his sight reading skills on piano. In 1869, George married Genevieve Halevy, daughter of composer Fromental Halevy, though her family was against her marrying a “penniless Bohemian”. The couple had one son, Jacques. Unwilling to leave Paris, Bizet, along with other artists and composers, joined the National Guard during the Franco-Prussian war. George Bizet’s first public recognition, though disregarded by critics, was his L’Arlesienne Suite based on incidental music he had written for a play. Bizet is most known for his opera Carmen, based on the novella by Prosper Merimee. Tragically, George Bizet died at age 36 of a smoking induced heart attack, 3 months after the premiere, and did not live to see his masterpiece Carmen, become one of the most famous and quoted operas of all time.


Ennio Morricone

The Mission

Italian composer, conductor, and trumpeter Ennio Morricone was born in Rome to a musical family, on November 10th, 1928. As a child, he studied music and several instruments under the tutelage of his father Mario Morricone. At age 12 he enrolled in the National Academy of St. Cecilia, earning his diploma in trumpet and composition. Early in his career, Ennio Morricone worked as a jazz trumpeter while arranging music for Italian broadcasting. His early film scores were mostly for Italian comedies, while he continued to write Italian avant-garde improvisations, theater, and radio music. In the 1960s, Morricone started receiving international acclaim for scoring spaghetti westerns. His legendary soundtrack for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is considered one of the most influential scores in film history.

Morricone has composed over 100 classical compositions and over 500 film and television scores, including such award-winning films as The Mission, The Thing, La Cage aux Folles, Exorcist II, Once Upon a Time in America, Hamlet, Cinema Paradiso, and Mission to Mars. He has received countless awards and accolades including three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globes, and six Oscar Nominations. In 2015, at age 87, he won his first Academy Award for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Morricone was also appointed to the rank of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor by the President of the French Republic in 2008. Ennio Morricone has three sons and one daughter with his wife and lyricist Maria Travia. Married since 1956, the couple continues to live in Italy, without ever having had the desire to move to Hollywood.


rodgers and hammerstein

The Sound of Music

Ms. Staudt

The composing duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein can be credited as the originators of the “Golden Age” of American musical theater.
Composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) was born into an affluent German-Jewish family in New York and began his career working with lyricist Lorenz Hart (1895-1943). Struggling through the Great Depression, the duo eventually wrote a string of hits for Broadway. As Hart’s health was failing, Rodgers began to collaborate with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960) who, most notably, had written the revolutionary musical Showboat with Jerome Kern.

Rodgers and Hammerstein became a sensation across the globe with their fresh concept of realistic themes and became the most successful partnership in American musical theater history. Their best-loved musicals include Oklahoma, The King and I, Carousel, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, all of which have been produced countless times around the world for stage, film and recordings.