Stamford Symphony: Opera, blues, spirituals in ‘Porgy and Bess’

January 31, 2019

The Stamford Symphony will be performing Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” which includes selections of beloved Italian operas.

In recognition of Black History Month in February, the concert version of “Porgy and Bess,” which depicts African-American culture of the early 1900s, will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10, at Stamford’s Palace Theatre.

Featuring vocal soloists Donita Volkwijn and John Fulton and the Greenwich Choral Society, the concert will feature the sounds of the blues and spirituals that became the standards of the Great American Songbook, with such popular songs as “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’Nuttin’ ” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” among others.

Grammy Awared-winner Lucas Richman, music director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010, is the concert’s guest conductor.

The concert opens with selections of choruses and duets from beloved Italian operas including Rossini’s “Barber of Seville Overture,” Puccini’s Humming Chorus from “Madame Butterfly” and Verdi’s Triumphal March from “Aida,”

Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. $76-$25, plus $8 venue fee. 203-325-4466, office@stamfordsymphony.org

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