In it's next season, LOONY hopes to continue shining the light on the lesser-known and rare operettas, which add to the rich history of the musical play. LOONY's concert series will include three concerts: Volume I: Make our Garden Grow, Volume II: Only a Rose, Volume III: Blossom Time. Through this series, LOONY hopes to illuminate the diversity of operetta to the general public and build an appreciation for the cultural and historical origins of this music.
Concerts will be presented as a ticketed full recital, with discounts available for students and seniors. These concerts will be held at Opera America, the Players Club, and possibly an outdoor public venue in the city.
The fall concert, "Make Our Garden Grow", will have a focus on American operetta including composers such as Bernstein, Kern, Herbert, and Gershwin. There will be a strong garden and floral theme to this concert to start the series.
The winter concert, "Only a Rose", will be themed toward romance and love utilizing the theme of the rose in operetta duets and song.
The spring concert, "Blossom Time", will continue the expansion of the theme with a focus on spring and summertime. There will be a small spotlight on the music of Victor Herbert, the composer of our Main Stage production of "The Rose of Algeria". LOONY will seek to have a public performance of this final concert in a public garden setting.
LOONY has successful recordings of Herbert's "Orange Blossoms" and "The Only Girl" and most recently, Kern's "Sally", with plans to record Offenbach's "The Island of Tulipatan" this spring. LOONY has been fortunate to receive foundation support and generous individual contributions to fund these recordings. LOONY hopes to continue recording other Herbert operettas with the support of the Victor Herbert Foundation.