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Gala 2016

In what is becoming the most enjoyable and entertaining annual event in Westchester County, Taconic Opera’s annual fundraiser is back for another round of amazing performers and sumptuous cuisine. This year, come celebrate the company’s nineteenth season! Visiting artists will perform famous operatic arias about young children as we honor some of the most wonderful arts philanthropists in the county. Don’t miss the beauty and the fun!

C.V Rich Mansion
305 Ridgeway
White Plains, New York
Thursday, September 15 , 2016, 7:00 pm

In Concert

General Director, Dan Montez remembers, “When she first sang for me, it took me a few minutes to realize I was listening to something astounding…I had never head anything like it in my lifetime. She is hands down my favorite soprano in the world, and that is no exaggeration.” She was described in the review of Nabucco, “The voice itself is unforgettable…. an exceptional performance that will not soon be forgotten by those lucky enough to experience it.” After amazing performances at Deutsche Oper Berlin, this world-class soprano returns to New York to bless the company again!

Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Ave. White Plains, NY
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 3:00 pm

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Charles Gounod

In French with English supertitles

For the first time, Taconic Opera brings Gounod’s famous French masterpiece to the Yorktown Stage. Like Boito’s Mefistofele (presented twice by the company), this opera tells the story of a man who makes a deal with the devil as he searches for happiness. The opera features the famous “Jewel Song” and tells a classic story of temptation, vice, insanity, and ultimate redemption. Fully staged with full orchestra.

Yorktown Stage
1974 Commerce St.
Yorktown Heights, NY

Two Performances
Saturday October 22, 2016, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 2:00 pm

Young Virtuosi

Young artists will be competing to perform a full concerto with a full orchestra at our Chamber Concert in the spring! Different pre-screened instrumentalists will play a movement from a c0ncerto during this seven hour competition.But more than that, the competition will be open the public! Day passes to the event will be on sale. Seven hours of bliss for one low price! Come in and leave at your leisure!

Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco
605 Millwood Road (Route 133)
Saturday November 5, 2016

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Dan Montez

In English

Join us for Dan Montez’s sixth oratorio world premiere! The work is based on the Biblical story of King David. Come hear what everyone is raving about! Comments from his past oratorios include: “Breathtaking!”, “I am in awe!”, “Sweeping harmonic and melodic gestures!”, and “Glorious!” The work will feature four of the company’s principal opera singers, the Taconic Opera chorus, and full orchestra.

Two Performances

Ossining United Methodist Church, 1 Emwilton Place, Ossining, NY March 25, 2017 7:30pm.

Presbyterian Church of White Plains, 39 North Broadway
March 26, 2017 3:00pm.

Jun Nakabayashi

After the smashing success of the debut of the Taconic Opera Chamber Orchestra last season, the ensemble returns to surprise us with even more virtuosity. The group will perform symphonic favorites of some of the greatest composers of all time. Also, the event will feature the November competition winner, who will perform an entire concerto with the group!

Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco
605 Millwood Road (Route 133)
April 22, 2017 4:00pm.

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Johann Strauss

Sung in German with English dialogue

Taconic debut! By the composer of the famous Blue Danube waltz! You can join the fun in this bouyant and hilarious operetta. After the successful, sold-out sing-alongs of Lucia, Traviata, and Carmen, Taconic Opera brings back this performance style by popular demand. The opera is staged with the stars of the company, but the chorus is in the audience. Chorus parts for sale at the door.

Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Ave. White Plains, NY
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 2:30 pm

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These productions are made possible, in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and Arts Westchester with funds from Westchester County, government, corporations, and individuals. Also special thanks should be given to the other organizations listed here. Please follow their links to their websites.

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