The Vienna Summer Music Festival, an international program for the education and performance of classical music and opera, has been in St. Pete since June 6, working in the Preis Hall, the grand ballroom at the interior of the headquarters of the St. Petersburg Opera Company on 1st Avenue S.
This is the first American residency of the Austria-based music program.
“Due to Covid-19, there has been a substantial degree of uncertainty within the international community regarding international travel, concert hall performances, etc.,” wrote program executive director Michael J. Polo, on the Vienna Summer Music Festival website. . “Therefore, we have decided to move our wonderful vocal and orchestral arts programs to the United States for our 2021 season.”
Public performances start today with Animal carnival and The repulsive Lady; Friday brings Bohemian; Saturday morning at 3 p.m. is called La Bohème Femme; Saturday night is Hansel and Gretel. Sunday, last day, Carnival of the Animals and The Infamous Lady are on stage at 3, with Hansel and Gretel repeated in the evening. All evening shows are at 7:30 a.m..
Tickets are here.
Bay Area Blues Guitarist Selwyn Birch, winner of the International Blues Challenge, brings his band back to the big stage at the Palladium Theater for a live performance on Saturday night. The seats remain distanced, but the masks are voluntary. Tickets to see the esteemed Mr. Birchwood, who has released a new album (Living in a house on fire), are available here.
Wednesday only, Catalyst told you all about the intriguing new production of freeFall Theater, The Rose and the Beast. This cutting-edge interactive musical adventure opens Friday and has different times, due to the nature of the production. Times and tickets are here.
And the juggernaut that is Jobsite Theater’s Shocked stone continue to fire on all cylinders; the extremely well-commented “gothic cabaret” continues for this weekend and one more. All information is here.
At studio @ 620, Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge, written by yours truly and directed by Roxanne Fay, was at press time very close to being sold out. What we are grateful to you.
The Black Honkeys, one of the region’s most demanding R&B groups, make headlines Pride in the square Friday and Saturday evenings at the Mahaffey Plaza (it’s the green space between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum). The Torpedoes open the show Friday at 7:30 am; Saturday is Shevonne and pride.
This is just one (well, two) of the weekend’s events devoted to St. Pete Pride during this fabulous month. The official signature event of the PrideFest final weekend is the Pride Picnic, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at North and South Straub Parks. Vendors, live music, food trucks and fireworks over the bay at dusk – should be a good time. Tickets are $ 5 here.
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