As we enter into a new season of the year, I write to share news of what I’ve been up to.  If you prefer to go to a specific topic, here are shortcut links:

Upcoming Operatic Performances

Lyric in the Gardens
Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

Rose Guccione, soprano
Janet Mensen Reynolds, mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Donovan, tenor
Keven Keys, baritone
Marta E. Johnson, pianist
Charles V. DeWitt, narrator

Arias and Scenes from
Macbeth
Carmen
Un ballo in maschera
The Mikado
La Fanciulla del West
Lohengrin
Hercules

International Friendship GardensMap
2500 US HWY 12
Michigan City, IN 46360
IFG website here
Program info here

Tickets
online at http://www.startickets.com/event.php?event=1809
by phone at 219.878.9885
by e-mail at internationalfriendshipgardens@yahoo.com.

In case of rain, the event will be held at Barker Hall at Trinity Church, 600 Franklin Square.  If in doubt about where the concert will take place, call 219.878.9885.

My heartfelt thanks goes to Paula Griffin and John Landecker at WIMS AM 1420 (http://www.wimsradio.com) for their support of the upcoming concert at IFG.  On August 4th and September 1st we had a great time talking about the upcoming concert, Paula Griffin’s budding operatic voice, a Victor Herbert song in Young Frankenstein and America’s Got Talent’s Jackie Evancho.

Opera Up Close
Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

Rose Guccione, soprano
Janet Mensen Reynolds, mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Donovan, tenor
Keven Keys, baritone
Patrick Holland pianist
John Concepcion, narrator

Arias and Scenes from
Macbeth
Carmen
Un ballo in maschera
The Mikado
La Fanciulla del West
Lohengrin
Hercules

The Center for Performing ArtsDirections
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, Illinois 60484-0975
Venue website here
Program info here

Tickets
online at http://www.centertickets.net/tickets_events.aspx?id=36956
by phone at 708.235.2222
by e-mail at  tickets@govst.edu

Teaching Engagements

Dominican University

I have joyfully accepted a position on the voice faculty at Dominican University.  If you are a student or alumnus of Dominican and would like to register for voice lessons, please send me an e-mail at rguccione@dom.edu.

Dominican has a vibrant Performing Arts Center.  Check out the venue and schedule at http://dom.edu/pac/.

Sherwood at Columbia College

I am pleased to continue teaching at Sherwood and have some lesson times available for the current semester. Sherwood is conveniently located in the South Loop near Roosevelt and Michigan: an ideal location for taking a 30-60 minute lesson before enjoying beautiful downtown Chicago. Financial aid is available for Individual Lessons.  Tuition for Individual Lessons includes all instructional time with the teacher, performing opportunities, and other scheduled activities for Sherwood students. For more information, please contact a Student Services Manager at 312-369-3103, or e-mail me at rguccionestuart@colum.edu. Relevant links:

OperaGram.com® News

Rose Guccione on The Kiki Vale Show

Tune in to The Kiki Vale Show on WJJG AM 1530 between 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, September 24, 2010 to hear Rose Guccione and John Concepcion talk about the September 26th concert at The Center for the Performing Arts at Govenors State University.

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Auction Winner

OperaGram.com® recently provided a singing telegram for auction in support of scholarships at Northeastern Illinois University (http://www.neiu.edu/Kane/Annual_Chuck_Kane_Golf_Outing.html).  The winner of that auction will be using their OperaGram.com® in Person soon, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.  I’ll just say you’ll see the blog entry over the next couple of months ;).

My Neighbor Judy

A friend and neighbor died after a 7.5 year battle with ovarian cancer.  In addition to being a wife, a mother, a recent grandmother and a fun person, she had been a teacher.  She was deeply involved with the After School Matters program and asked that donations go there in lieu of flowers.  Their website is http://www.afterschoolmatters.org.  The direct link to online donation and to a printable form is http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/donors/contribute.

Salsation Theatre Company, NFP

My peeps at Salsation are opening a new revue!  It Takes a Village, People! opens next month at Gorilla Tango Theatre.  More information can be found at http://www.salsation.org.

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