Create and Record Sound Effects for Movies Tech Workshop Tuesday, August 15, 1:00 PM

 

Sheet musicPresented by STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education)Ages 12-18Sound/Audio is one of the most important pieces in giving Movies, TV, Video games, Radio and other performances the final mood and perspective for an audience. Most sounds that are heard in these art forms are created inside of a sound studio. This includes sound effects, sound tracks and often dialogue from the characters. This Art form is called Foley. STYLE will introduce Foley to the group, giving examples of Foley artists in action, and then we will give the group the opportunity to create their own sound effects to an already existing work. We will provide a script, instruments and other tools for the students to work from as they build their own sounds. We will record this performance with a mobile recording studio, and place the finished product on a web page built specifically for this library. This program is a great opportunity to collaborate with a team and learn about the power of sound and perspective. Please register online or call the library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Opera Preview: The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM

Mozart was a busy fellow in the summer of 1791, the last summer of his short life. He had a commission from the new Emperor for a “Coronation Opera” (which became La Clemenza di Tito in Prague in September) and also for a German language singspiel comedy for a talented impresario in Vienna. The singspiel, which opened as The Magic Flute in October, 1791, was a huge success. Finally Mozart had a money-making hit. But then, heart-breakingingly for posterity, he died at age 35. The Magic Flute has everything an opera-lover could want: serious life-and-death drama paired with some of the most rollicking comedy ever put on stage. Add in a hilarious feather-covered bird-catcher and a crazed Queen with dazzling high notes, and this opera goes over the top. You will laugh. You will cry. You will love this opera! This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Opera Preview: Katya Kabanova by Leos Janacek Thursday, February 16, 7:00 PM

Katya, in a soprano role, is a young wife in an unhappy upper middle class marriage. Her weak husband is an alcoholic, and both the young husband and wife are dominated by his mother, the Kabanicha. Not surprisingly, Katya is lured into an illicit love affair with a handsome young fellow from the city. Such improper behavior cannot be tolerated for long, and once the Kabanicha finds out, Katya is doomed. Janacek’s amazing music in this opera makes Katya’s final scene the most gripping in all opera. This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Fun by the Fireside Sing-Along Show Tuesday, December 6, 10:30 AM

 

boy-1298788_640Presented by Elephant Umbrella, (Mike Gervais and Lisa Taylor). Family program, all ages welcome. It might be cold outside but here’s your chance to pretend you’re enjoying hot cocoa and cozy up to an imaginary fire while singing and dancing along to memorable tunes about fall and winter.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Opera Preview: Le Comte Ory by Gioachino Rossini Thursday, July 28, 7pm

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This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.
Space is limited: First come, first seated.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Mary Stuart/Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti Wednesday, February 24, 7pm

This, the greatest of Donizetti’s three “Tudor Queen” operas, was first performed in 1835. It is a not-very accurate retelling of the rivalry, both political and romantic, between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots. Some of the most exciting music Donizetti ever wrote was given to Mary/Maria as she battles for her life against the more powerful Elizabeth. Mary/Maria’s farewell to her friends and supporters will bring even a cynic to tears. This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.
Space is limited. First come, first seated.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: The Marriage of Figaro Wednesday, January 13, 7pm

This is a nearly perfect opera-hilarious comedy versus class conflict with touching pathos thrown in. Mozart, in his first collaboration with Lorenzo DaPonte, lavished so much glorious music on DaPonte’s libretto that The Marriage of Figaro, even though it caused a scandal when it was first presented in 1784, has never been out of the repertory. Audiences wouldn’t allow it! This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.
Space is limited. First come, first seated.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Season of Singing Tuesday, December 15, 6:30pm

Presented by Nancy Stewart.
Why do we decorate with holly? In what country to children start the season with a “good scrubbing from head to toe?” Share the holiday traditions of children around the world, and learn where some of our favorite customs have come from in this musical celebration of the season!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Dickens Carolers Saturday, December 5, 1-1:45pm Sunday, December 6, 1:30-2:15pm

For over 35 years, The Dickens Carolers have been a local holiday tradition. Your holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, are sung in beautiful four-part harmony.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.