A Night at the Opera with Ta’u and Karen

Renowned operatic tenor Tau Pupu’a will join Chamber Orchestra Ogden for our March 24, 2018 concert, “Night at the Opera.” Joining Ta’u will be Weber State University faculty member Karen Bruestle. Together they will perform a variety of arias and duets, backed up by the orchestra. The concert will begin at 7:30 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.

LENOX, MASS. (June 28, 2010) —Ta ‘u Pupu ‘a, a former NFL player turned operatic tenor, is also a Tanglewood fellow this summer, and is shown on the Tanglewood property. — PHOTOGRAPH BY NANCY PALMIERI

 Ta’u Pupu’a is unique in the opera world.  He was an outstanding Defensive End in the NFL but a career-ending injury changed his life and led him to a new career: opera.  He is just as outstanding in his role as operatic tenor, as shown by the following comments:  “…He seems to have limitless power… but the voice has real gold in its best moments.” (New York Times) “…Everyone took notice at his brilliant tone, breath-control and ravishing, powerful tenor…”  (Italian Tribune), 

Since 2001, soprano Karen Bruestle has been the Director of Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and Opera at Weber State University where her opera directing credits include “The Magic Flute,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Concert attendees will be treated to performances of such well-known arias as Nessun Dorma from Turandot, Vilia from “The Merry Widow,” La Donna è Mobile from “Rigoletto,” and others. Ta’u and Karen will also join together on the famous duet from “La Traviata,” Brindisi: Libiamo, ne’lieti calici.

The orchestra will open the program with Bellini’s Overture to “Norma,” and will perform the Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and the final section of Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell,” interspersed between the arias.

Tickets for this concert are $8.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3320894

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, however free tickets are only available at the door, provided there are seats available.

Well behaved children 8 years and over are welcome to attend.

For more information please visit our website: https://chamberorchestraogden.org, our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at mpalumbo45@gmail.com; 801-624-9232.

COO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We extend our grateful thanks to Weber County RAMP, Ogden City, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Stewart Foundation, The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, Utah Arts and Museums, and our wonderful individual donors, for their support

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About Michael Palumbo

Michael A. Palumbo is Music Director and Conductor of Chamber Orchestra Ogden. For thirty-one years he was the Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Viola at WSU, retiring in June of 2013. Michael's conducting credits include performances by the "Stars of the Soviet Ballet" and the "Bolshoi Ballet.” He has conducted All State and other honor orchestras and festivals in the Midwestern and western regions of the United States, and is an assistant conductor for Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to his conducting, Michael is associate principal violist of the Ballet West Orchestra, and principal violist of the American Festival Orchestra. From 2002 through 2008 Michael was a member of the National Executive Board of the American Viola Society (AVS), and at the 2008 International Viola Congress he received the Founders Award from that organization. In 2014 he was elected President-Elect of the AVS. Michael is a former national secretary of ASTA. He has twice held the office of president of the Utah Chapter of ASTA (UASTA), and has twice been the recipient of the UASTA Educator of the Year award. A long time member of the American Federation of Musicians, he is currently president of Local 104 of the AFM. In1997 he collaborated with David Dalton to found the Utah Viola Society, and served as it’s first president. For recreation Michael likes to take motorcycle trips with his wife, travel, see family, make wine and beer, and play jazz and blues at several local clubs. He also spends a lot of time writing grant proposals to help pay the members of Chamber Orchestra Ogden.

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