OK, if you skip over the unpleasant first paragraph of this article from today’s NY Times about President-elect Obama’s inauguration, things improve substantially in the 2nd paragraph. The first lady of soul, Aretha Franklin, is going to be a featured performer, and Itzhak Perlman (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano), and Anthony McGill (clarinet) will perform a new quartet by John “What? No trumpets?” Williams of Star Wars fame.
I have to admit, I’m not really the biggest fan of opera, but when I found out that the Metropolitan Opera was broadcasting some of its performances to movie theaters in HD, I was intrigued. And when I found out that the Palace 9 in South Burlington was showing John Adam’s Doctor Atomic, my wife and I decided to go. We liked it so much that we went back for another this past weekend, Berlioz’s Le Damnation de Faust. Both were wonderful, and if you’re so inclined, I urge you to check out the schedule. To make it even cooler, Middlebury’s own Town Hall Theater is showing several Met operas in the series beginning with Puccini’s La Rondine in January, so support your local theater and enjoy some amazing performances.