Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra announces 2021 summer music festival lineup

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(Photo credits: Jūratė Švedaitė / Devon Cass; Levi Hernadez / Opera Theater St. Louis)

The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra has announced the lineup for its 2021 Summer Music Festival, which includes several vocal performances and an opera.

Here’s a look at what audiences should expect at this year’s Festival. Unless otherwise specified, all performances will take place at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Farmington, Connecticut.

The Festival kicks off with Puccini’s beloved “Bohemian” in a Connecticut Lyric Opera production and directed by Jan Mason. The show stars Daniel Juarez as Rodolfo; Jūratė Švedaitė like Mimì; Levi Hernadez as Marcello; Maria Margiolakou in the role of Musetta; and Samuel Bowen as Schaunard. The performance will take place at the Alfred E. Burr Memorial (AKA Burr Mall): 570 Main Street, Hartford.

Date of performance: July 11, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Next comes a recital by soprano Jūratė Švedaitė. At the time of this writing, the program and details are to be determined.

Date of performance: July 16, 2021

The Connecticut Lyric Opera will present the music of JS Bach, featuring the company’s summer opera soloists who will be accompanied by the Virtuosi Summer Music Institute Ensemble.

Date of performance: July 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Opera students will have the chance to shine in the student showcase of the Virtuosi Summer Music and Opera Institute.

Date of performance: July 28, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Mezzo-soprano Rebecca de Almeida and pianist Alex Nakhimovsky will honor South American jazz and rhythms.

Date of performance: July 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Several instrumental works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven are also on the program. For more information on these performances, please visit the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra website.


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