Friends of Sands Point Preserve Presents “La Bohème” on August 11 at 7:00 pm and a Free Performance on August 12 at 3:00 pm.
The Summer Music Series at the Sands Point Preserve will feature two performances of the magnificent tragic opera “La Bohème” this weekend: Saturday, August 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 12 at 3 p.m. – the matinee will be a special free performance to encourage young audiences to experience opera in the magical setting of historic Hempstead House.
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“There are many ways to enjoy the Preserve,” Friends of the Sands Point Preserve Vice-Chair Jean-Marie Posner stated, “from the beautiful natural woods and shoreline to the historic mansions to our educational programming for families – the opera and all of the performing arts programs are just one aspect of what we offer the community. We saw the extraordinary response of children in the audience of ‘The Barber of Seville’ in July, so we wanted to find a way to make ‘La Bohème’ accessible for the entire community.”
The special matinee performance also celebrates young artists in our community by providing an opportunity for them to perform in the opera’s orchestra and chorus. The families of these young performers are all invited to attend.
The Palm Court of Hempstead House will be transformed into the struggling artists’ Parisian garret – inhabited by Mimi (Hannah Rosenbaum), and her lover Rudolfo (Adam Cromer). Their bohemian friends will be performed by Mary Petro (Musetta) and Adelmo Guidarelli (Marcello). The music of Giacomo Puccini’s great classic opera is heartrending – and often surprisingly familiar. Even the youngest children can respond to this music – and begin to love the opera.
The evening event includes cocktails and dinner at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m., followed by dessert and coffee. The tickets are $80 for a single ticket; $75 per ticket for four or more tickets; and youth tickets for ages 10 to 17 are $30. The matinee is free after the $10-per-car entrance fee to the Preserve; admission to the Preserve is free with an Annual Pass. Tickets can be purchased by calling 516-571-7901 and at the Gate House daily from 8:00 a.m.to 7:00 pm – at 127 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point.
Friends of the Sands Point Preserve is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to protect and preserve the 216-acre waterfront grounds and historic mansions and to provide educational programs for families and schools in the new Phil Dejana Learning Center and Outdoor Classroom.