The press release…
Alan Yost will conduct members and friends of the Concord Orchestra in The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti on Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm. The concert will be preceded by refreshments at 1:30 pm.
Fans of recent FOPAC productions will recognize Menotti, Robin Farnsley and Ray Bauwens from Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Telephone, and there was not a dry eye after Robin and Ray sang La Traviata and La Bohème. Now Robin and Ray are joined by Cindy Vredeveld and Pamela Wolfe in Menotti’s delightful and humorous tale of twisted morals.
The one act opera The Old Maid and the Thief was commissioned by NBC in 1939, and was one of the first operas written for the radio. A lonely old maid, Miss Todd and her housemaid Laetitia welcome a handsome vagrant into their home. The town busy body, Miss Pinkerton points out his resemblance to an escaped convict. Humorous complications develop when the two formerly respectable women become thieves in their desperation to persuade their good-looking houseguest to stay.
Ray Bauwens is the vagrant Bob, Robin Farnsley the housemaid Laetitia, CindyVredeveld the spinster Miss Todd, Pamela Wolfe their busybody neighbor MissPinkerton, and Brad Amidon the radio announcer. In addition to the opera, the cast will sing a musical prelude of popular music of the 1930’s and 1940’s.
For the past several years, members and friends of the Concord Orchestra have gathered under the baton of Alan Yost for this pre-season event to support the operating expenses of the Concord Orchestra. Many performers from surrounding communities have given graciously of their time and talent for the benefit concert.
The Benefit Concert will be held at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, or become an orchestra benefactor for $50. Benefactors are acknowledged in the program and receive preferred seating. For information, visit www.concordorchestra.com or call 978-369-4967.