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December 3, 2005: …On the lighter side…
The Metro Chamber Orchestra begins it’s third season with …On the lighter side… featuring the two time grammy winner and cabaret stylist Sylvia McNair. Rex Reed described Ms. Mc Nair’s performances as “ectasy.” Also featured on this special opening night performance are works by Ibert, Hickey, and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Come join Ms. McNair, her trio and Maesto Nuzzo for a woderful evening of song that will leave you tapping you feet and humming great tunes long after the night is over.

February 11, 2006: The Music of Kurt Weill
Not since 1924 has Kurt Weill’s ballet “Zaubernacht (Magic Night)” been seen in the United States. In fact, this ballet was the first Kurt Weill work ever performed in America. The work was lost until its recent reconstruction. Maestro Philip Nuzzo leads the orchestra in the New York premiere of this new edition in what will be a most historic evening. Joining Maestro Nuzzo, the former star of the Bolshoi Ballet, Valentina Koslova, brings her New York City Dance Conservatory to the stage in an evening devoted to the music of Kurt Weill. Ms. Koslova, aside from her ballet career has appeared on Broadway in “On Your Toes”, returns to the Metro Chamber Orchestra, where she performed Barber’s “Cave of the Heart” in 2003 to great acclaim. Also featured on the program is Weill’s dramatic cantata “Der Neue Orpheus”, sung by the rising young dramatic soprano, Therese Panicali. “Weillophiles” and dance aficionados get your tickets early for this very special evening.

May 6, 2006: The Romantic Masters: Strauss, Wagner, Mahler
Metro Chamber Orchestra’s third season comes to a glorious conclusion with three exciting works by the Romantic Masters, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler. While orchestras everywhere perform the works of these composers, the Metro Chamber Orchestra will be presenting their music in historically significant arrangements. The Metro Chamber Orchestra presents its principal clarinetist, David Gould in the New York premiere of Richard Strauss’, “Romance for Clarinet”. Written when Strauss was a student, this work was lost and recently reconstructed. We are proud to present this early work in its New York debut. Dramatic soprano, Audrey Stottler, who recently returned from her triumph at Covent Garden as Turandot, joins Maestro Nuzzo in Brunnhilda’s immolation scene from Gotterdammerung, arranged by award winning composer Jonathan Dove. Metro Chamber Orchestra’s season comes to a triumphant conclusion with Gustav Mahler’s beautiful Fourth Symphony, as arranged for Arnold Schoenberg’s Society for Private Musical Performances. Join Maestro Nuzzo, Ms. Stottler and the Metro Chamber Orchestra for a walk through the Vienna Woods as only Mahler could have described it.

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Dates: Opening Night: December 3, 2005 Final Performance: May 6, 2006