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‘Transcendental’: Opera singer Michael Chioldi coming to Anniston
As an opera singer who has performed on stages from San Francisco to Spain, Michael Chioldi is not one to rest on his laurels. The baritone singer has all but become a fixture in Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” having performed in the production three times. He won an Emmy in 2010 for his performance in the role of Sharpless, and has sung repeatedly in classics such as “Tosca,” “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Carmen.”
But as much as he favors traditional tales, the 42-year-old Pennsylvania native has also given a voice to non-traditional operatic roles, playing characters such as Richard Nixon and former San Francisco mayor Harvey Milk.
On Friday, he will perform at First Presbyterian Church of Anniston.
“I hope to be able to invoke thought, free minds and inspire,” he says. “If I can reach one person in some way, it will be worth it for me.”
Chioldi, who recently completed a round of performances in Palm Beach Opera’s “La Traviata,” talked recently about his roots in music, what it takes to play a president and why the Kennedy family story is just dying to become an opera.
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Asian Artistry: For the China National Symphony, music is a universal language
Conductor En Shao has been all over the world spreading the message of classical music. This week, the notes will reach Anniston. On Saturday, Shao and the China National Symphony Orchestra will kick off their American tour as part of the Knox Concert Series.
Jetting from continent to continent is nothing new to Shao. His own musical education began early; he learned to play piano at age 4, violin at age 5.
The better part of his career has been spent traveling through five continents in various posts, conducting for the likes of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Spain’s Euskadi Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
When he takes the podium on Saturday, he will be refreshed and ready to present a program of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and more. He recently spoke about what it takes to put together a great program, tips for dealing with time changes and why food surpasses music as a universal language.
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‘I had a daughter’: Local author chronicles her child’s battle with cancer
The year 2008 was a blur for Rebecca Burt. In a matter of weeks, she became the primary caregiver for her 46-year-old daughter, Rozelle, who was battling esophogeal cancer. Burt jetted between doctors’ appointments and chemotherapy treatments, trying to keep some semblance of a normal life.
Now, Burt, a former schoolteacher, has chronicled her final year with her daughter in the book “I Had a Daughter.” Burt will speak and sign books on Monday in the Ayers Room at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County.
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