What do the extravagant world of Opera and the celebrated cellist John Walz, have in common? Mr. Walz’s lifelong love of singers and singing to begin with, and continuing with his long time association with the Los Angeles Opera as its principal cellist. “A Night at the Opera” (not to be confused with the Marx Bros. romp) is a fascinating program including some of the most famous operatic masterpieces of Mozart, Donizetti, Handel and others that were specifically rearranged for the cello and piano. Different illustrious composers through the centuries such as L. V. Beethoven often reimagined the favorite operatic gems of other composers as delightful concert pieces to be used away from the opera house. Accompanied by pianist, Edith Orloff and assisted by Soprano, Melanie Alpert, this intimate evening is filled with all kinds of surprises, including the rare treat of hearing Mr. Walz sing! Don’t miss out on this special musical presentation at Boston Court.
This performance begins at 8pm.
John Walz is a celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship. A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 150 symphony orchestras on 4 continents. His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities like Martinu’s Concerto #1 and William Schuman’s Song of Orfeus. In 1979, Mr. Walz, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe. In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently the principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony. His ever expanding discography includes recordings of the concertos by Dvorak, Haydn, Shostakovich, Bloch, Martinu, Vivaldi, and trios by Brahms, Dvorak, Smetana, and the newly released Pacific Trio CD featuring Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Archduke Trio.He is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and Academy.