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May and June Free Concert Series Highlights

The Free Concert Series may be wrapping up its 2012/2013 season in the first week of June, but these final weeks are packed with fantastic performances! Read our May and June highlights below to begin the countdown to summer with a selection of concerts that feature extraordinary vocal artistry, instrumental showcases, edgy new talent, and a unique cross-cultural collaboration.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Mauro Bertoli - Romantic Rhapsodies

Award-winning Italian-born pianist Mauro Bertoli presents an alluring program featuring music by Romantic composers, including works by Brahms, Schumann, Granados and Liszt. Preview one of the pieces you will hear in the video below.


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Salome: Tawdry, titillating and teutonic!

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Salome: How to do the Seven Veils

By Nikita Gourski, Development Communications Officer

Imagine the choreographer who turns to the libretto of Salome for the first time, looking for insight on the famous Dance of the Seven Veils. They find only the briefest and most general of instructions to guide their work: “Salome dances the Dance of the Seven Veils.” For a pivotal scene, it’s not much to go on.

Yet that brevity opens up the performance to a multitude of possible and legitimate interpretations. By saying next to nothing about how the dance should look, the libretto seems to recognize that an elusive and indefinable quality is woven into the dance… a quality that might resist pre-determined charting precisely because it originates from a mysterious place of self-expression.

Salome by Paul Klee, 1920 and The Dance of Salome by Benozzo Gozzoli, 1462

Salome was adapted from Oscar Wilde’s one-act play, in which the author omits specific choreographic instructions with the very same phrase that the opera’s libretto echoes, unchanged, 13 years later. Things only get more puzzling when we read Wilde’s personal inscription to illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. “For Aubrey,” Wilde wrote, “the only artist who, besides myself, knows what the dance of the seven veils is, and can see that invisible dance.”


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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001