A great party is no easy feat.
In “Chacun à son goût (To each his own),” the decadent young charmer Prince Orlofsky reveals the secrets to choreographing a successful evening. The aria is a highlight of “Die Fledermaus” (1874), the beloved comic opera by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899).
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, soprano Kelly Pappageorge will join the Washington University Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring “Chacun à son goût” as well as music by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) and Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).
Conducted by Steven Jarvi, the performance will open with “What a Movie,” from Bernstein’s one-act opera “Trouble in Tahiti” (1952). The piece — which simultaneously mocks and celebrates the notion of escapist entertainment — also will feature Pappageorge as soloist.
Next will be “Chacun à son goût,” followed by all four movements of Dvořák’s famed Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World.” Written in 1893, during the composer’s tenure directing the National Conservatory of Music, the symphony reflects Dvořák’s fascination with both Native American and African-American music.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall and is sponsored by the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences.
The E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall is located in the 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., at the intersection with Delmar Boulevard. For more information, call 314-935-5566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pappageorge is a second-year master’s candidate in vocal performance and winner of the 2013-14 Friends of Music Concerto and Aria Competition.
She previously has performed as soloist with the Kronos Quartet in Terry Riley’s multimedia production “Sun Ring” and has been featured in productions of “The Magic Flute” at the Austrian-American Mozart Academy in Salzburg and “Orphée aux Enfers” at the Franco-American Vocal Academy in southern France.