Two of northern Arizona’s longest serving not-for-profit directors KNAU’s John Stark and Chamber Music Sedona’s Bert Harclerode are pleased to announce their partnership establishing KNAU as the official 2012-13 media sponsor of the The Met: Live in HD simulcasts presented by Chamber Music Sedona at the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) – ‘Arizona’s Place to See the Met Live in HD.’
“We have a very diverse listening audience,” said Stark, “and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to also carry the Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcasts. By supporting the magnificent live-simulcast operas in Sedona, KNAU continues its Metropolitan Opera association through the good hands of Chamber Music Sedona. We’re delighted to work closely with Chamber Music Season and we believe this will prove fruitful for our listeners, visitors and our two organizations.”
The 2012-13 season is a musical feast of contrasts and includes many of the world’s most beloved operas from A to Z, including British composer and wunderkind Thomas Adés, who will be making his Met conducting debut in his adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece “The Tempest.” The season includes four Verdi operas, and one each by Mozart, Berlioz, Wagner, Handel, Donizetti and Zandonai. The concerts season is also a study in contrasts with concert programs including The Romeros who last appeared in Flagstaff in 1996, the Dover and Harlem Quartets, Musica Pacifica – Music of the Baroque, and in April artist members from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera.
There are three Saturday/Sunday combinations of Met HD operas and Sunday afternoon concerts and the fourth during the seventh Sedona Bluegrass Festival June 8 & 9. Heading the Festival is the David Grisman FolkJazz Trio featuring guitarist Jim Hirst and bassist Samson Grisman.
“We’re very pleased to enhance our presence throughout the greater northern Arizona region with KNAU’s Media Sponsorship,” said Harclerode, “The Sedona Performing Arts Center is a beautifully appointed facility and the big screen and surround sound systems were installed using the Metropolitan Opera’s exacting specifications during SPAC’s construction. With our “Curtain Raiser” pre-opera talks, on-screen super-titles, gourmet lunches, superlative artist interviews during set-changes and intermissions, all combined with magnificent views – SPAC is truly Arizona’s place to see The Met: Live in HD.”
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Bert Harclerode, Executive Director