Saturday, January 31, 2009

Maestro Musings from Kim Allen Kluge

In order to be a really good singer, you have to be an athlete. The way one breathes, the positions of standing, how the air flows in and out of the body. When you sing, you have to sing with your body. ~ Ta’u Pupu’a, former Baltimore Ravens pro football player
(Read the full ASO interview in the next post)

Ta’u Pupu’a, former Baltimore Raven pro football player and current acclaimed lyric tenor, will demonstrate his NFL-trained operatic singing apparatus on the upcoming Valentine’s Day Concerts of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, entitled O’Lovers’ Voice. 

I have had the privilege of working with world-class singers and am awed by them.  I am awed by the power of their voices and their ability to project them into vast spaces---and to do this without amplification!  I am awed by the absolute command over their vocal and breathing apparatus and the arduous physical training that is necessary to achieve such super-human things.  So the training that Ta’u Pupu’a received as a pro football player has prepared him well for the physical rigors and demands of his burgeoning career as an opera singer. 

Pupu’a’s golden tenor voice is perfectly suited to the ASO’s upcoming Valentine’s Day Concerts.   He will be joined by soprano Julie Rowling in two of the most beloved operatic love scenes--the love music from La Boheme and from Madama Butterfly. 

See the stars!
Ah, lovely night!
Thy perfect calm is breathing love
near and far!

Madama Butterfly

 

The two Puccini operas span different continents and cultures but share the composer’s unsurpassed ability to write ravishingly beautiful vocal and orchestral music that comes directly from the heart.

The first half of the concert is in collaboration with the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia and will be conducted by John Niles.   Pupu’a and Rowling will be joined by mezzo Leslie Mutchler and tenor Peter Burroughts in a historic regional premiere of Ravel’s The Spanish Hours.   This masterful romantic comedy, paired with the soaring sentiment of the Puccini love scenes will take an alternately humorous and moving look at love and romance.

I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!  See you at the concert!


Kim Allen Kluge
Music Director-Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
www.alexsym.org

 

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