Art and About
I sneaked in. I did.
Most of us only get to see the concert, the final production, the complete work of art or the finished installation. But a lot of the "art," the decisions, aesthetic direction and colorful in-the-moment anecdotes happen when the audience isn't preview to the action.
Some arts organizations will allow you to watch freely while others won't even notice you are there. Although some, not many, will oust you and make you swear to secrecy in hopes of keeping their confidential intel safe.
As the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, known to the cool kids as ROCO, gets ready for two performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors, I was able to get a glimpse at the planning that is needed to coordinate music with stage directing and props. Most importantly, I chatted with the cast revealing their favorite moments and characters.
Gian Carlo Menotti's lighthearted opera tells the heartwarming story of a young boy's selfless act that miraculously cures him of his physical impediment. Originally composed for the television screen, it was the first broadcast that became an annual Christmas tradition.
Curious? Catch Amahl and the Night Visitors on Thursday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Church of St. John the Divine with a reception at 7 p.m.