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the Great Auditorium .  Saturday night, summer 2013.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The Great Auditorium . A Saturday night, summer 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

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Springtime in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.  Photo by Paul Goldfinger. ©

Springtime in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. ©  Undated.  Click left for the morning mist

THE CHIFFONS will be at the Great Auditorium on June 28 along with the Platters, the Earls, and Danny and the Juniors. This song from 1963 was written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin.  There is a Broadway show now that celebrates the music of Carol King.  —–PG  @Blogfinger

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Dec. 7, 2013.  Photo by Tracey James ©.  click left

Dec. 7, 2013. Photo by Tracey James ©. click left

Mormon Tabernacle Choir:  “The Holly and the Ivy.”

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To The Editor:

Re: The Verdiana Multi-media Concert in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
Dear Dr. Goldfinger,

I want to thank you for the excellent coverage of the Ocean Grove event and the encouraging, complimentary words you had for the Mid-Atlantic Opera company and my performing colleagues up there on stage.  It was a thrilling night to be part of and I can understand your enthusiasm at being able to walk a few steps from home (through such a beautiful town) to such an event.

As narrator for “Verdiana”, thank you for your kind words and for “getting it right” in terms of explaining the film project “27” to your readers so succinctly.   I was concerned somewhat about the clip and its subtitles getting lost in the big house, but your words and the audience response have put those fears to rest.

Allow me, then, to share the 22-minute Promotional Reel for the film and a link to its website.  This will further your enjoyment and allow the beautiful photography to be seen to its best advantage.  Like a million other worthy projects in this town (NYC) the film project “27” is seeking tax-deductible donations at any level to move the project toward completion.  If you could share these with your readers to further awareness of this project, I would be most grateful  VIVA VERDI !!

Promo Reel:  https://vimeo.com/55483620
Website:  http://27adocumentary.com/

AUGUST VERDUNA

Email: augustvent1@me.com

September 23, 2013

The writer is a film-maker and Verdi expert who has been making a full length documentary film in Italy about Verdi. He was the narrator at the Ocean Grove “Verdiana” concert on Saturday September 21 where he showed some clips from the film “27.”   The promo reel link is above and is marked “vimeo.”  It is a high quality video and fun to watch.  

August Ventura  from Liederworks.com

August Ventura from Liederworks.com

Here’s a selection from Nabucco called “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves,” a topic I try not to think about until Passover. It was this piece that opened the show in the Grove. It got everybody’s attention. —Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

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This aria from “Verdiana” is a segment of “La vergine degli angeli” from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. Soprano Sharon Azrieli-Perez performs with the Men’s Chorus. Blogfinger video clip.

Last night’s MidAtlantic Opera extravaganza was a big success. The musicianship by the orchestra, choir and soloists was excellent. The participants, led by Maestro Jason Tramm, gave their all to create a very special event.

The fine choir from Seton Hall University had about 80 people participating, and the 40 orchestra musicians were first rate. We especially enjoyed watching the first chair cellist and the harpist who were sitting out front.

The soloists were superb including Ocean Grove’s Ronald Nald, tenor. Others included Christina Major, soprano; Jeremy Galyon, bass; Jordan Shanahan, baritone; Sharon Azrieli-Perez, soprano.; and Sara Murphy Mezzo-soprano. The variety of music was impressive including highlights from Aida, La Traviata, Don Carlo, La Forza del Destino, Nabucco, Ernani, and Rigoletto. The concert concluded with a rousing rendition by all the soloists of “Brindisi” from La Traviata

The narration and the film clips were quite unusual and enjoyable as presented by August Ventura, a film-maker who showed parts of his independent documentary called “27” which is about the Verdi culture which exists in Parma, Italy.

10% of the concert receipts will go to the Great Auditorium for the roof repair.

It was a thrill to be able to sit down close and watch the 150 people on stage combining to perform a very special multi-media concert. It’s amazing to see a production like that in our town—a 10 minute walk from our house.

Dick and Luisa Kroner from Walden, New York are big opera fans. Dick insisted we get there early for a good seat. Eileen Goldfinger is listening to Dick explain his new smart phone which he got from Samsung and Delilah.  Blogfinger photo

Dick and Luisa Kroner from Walden, New York are big opera fans. Dick insisted we get there early for a good seat. Eileen Goldfinger is listening to Dick explain his new smart phone which he got from Samsung and Delilah. Blogfinger photo

We met people who sat near us who ordinarily do not visit Ocean Grove including a parent from the Seton Hall University Choir whose son is a bass, friends of the performers, and our guests who came from the Hudson Valley. Luisa and Dick, who have a subscription to the Met in New York, loved the event and they were amazed at the Great Auditorium. We saw Dave Lotz, the publicist, who cried at the Aida highlights. Carl Hoffman of Mt. Tabor Way was there. He’s not usually a “classical guy” but the $25.00 seats brought him in , and he liked the concert very much. We saw two young boys in front of us who managed to pay attention for the 2 1/2 hour event.

I got a kick out of the film of children in Parma, Italy who put on Verdi operas by lip synching the music. It was hysterical seeing a small boy with the voice of a deep operatic bass.

It was a cool night in the GA. The doors were all open, and I saw no one sleeping except for the woman sitting next to me, you know whom I mean, who dozed off a bit during the long second act. This was a crowd of opera lovers, and they don’t sleep during Verdi.

—-By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Outside the Great Auditorium, the refreshment sellers were dressed for the occasion:

Fred, Linda (R) and Barbara.  Fred said, "We look like the Met Opera staff but we didn't charge Met Opera prices. Great concert.   Photo by the refreshment staff.

Fred Ohleth, Linda Conselyea, (R) and Barbara Davies of the OG Auditorium Refreshment Service. Fred said, “We look like the Met Opera staff but we didn’t charge Met Opera prices. Great concert.” Photo by the refreshment staff.

Here is a comprehensive article about the event by NJ.com. See link below:

MidAtlantic Opera link for Verdiana: NJ.com link for Verdiana

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Maestro Jason Tramm will conduct the Verdi extravaganza in the GA

Maestro Jason Tramm will conduct the Verdi extravaganza in the GA

Jason Tramm and the new MidAtlantic Opera will  present “Verdiana,”  a concert and multi-media gala celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth. The event will be presented in Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium on Saturday, September 21.  It is attracting a great deal of press interest.

Maestro Tramm is no longer with the NJ State Opera. He is launching this new opera company with the goal of bringing high-quality professional opera productions to the region.

We all know Jason Tramm as the Director of Music Ministries in the Grove each summer, but, when not working here, he keeps busy teaching and conducting at Seton Hall University.

The concert on Sept 21 will feature six renowned soloists, a choir from  Seton Hall and a 40 piece orchestra.  Arias, ensembles and choruses from a variety of Verdi operas will be performed.  Among the soloists is our own Ronald Naldi, a tenor who performs with the Metropolitan Opera.

Soprano Christina Major will be one of the soloists.

Soprano Christina Major will be one of the soloists.

Noted author, filmmaker and Verdi devotee August Ventura will speak about the composer during the performance.

Tickets are all $25.00 and may be ordered online at http://www.oceangrove.org or by phone at 800 590 4064.

CAMPAGNE D’OPERA ITALIANA ORCHESTA :  Verdi aria

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By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

Thursday night was one of those remarkable classical events in the Great Auditorium.   An all string orchestra of about 40 pieces  (including one tympani player) assembled under the baton of Jason Tramm.  It was an ambitious program, given that it lasted only about 75 minutes.

There were two organ concertos and a hymn for organ and orchestra.  Heavy hitters of organ composers were featured including Hanson, Jongen and Poulenc. Gordon Turk was at the controls of that massive Hope-Jones organ. It was as if he were riding some sort of prehistoric musical mammoth.  Those 11,000 pipes produced so many different kinds of sounds that you didn’t miss the woodwinds or the brass.  There were low scary chords that roared and practically shook the building.  Then there were light and cheerful twinkly moments that transported the audience to a calliope on some boardwalk near the beach, and other times, the giant musical creature just purred.

The Francis Poulenc Concerto in G Minor, described by the organ curator John Shaw as a “war horse,”carried the audience to all sorts of moods and musical experiences. The tempo changed 7 times during the 20 minute concerto.   During the Poulenc, the steady rain outside became torrential. It created a constant sound, like white noise, as it cascaded off the roof of the Great Auditorium and hit the ground.  The doors were open, and the soft light outside revealed the water pouring down.  The sound of the rain became part of the concerto, and when the volume became pianissimo, you could hear nature blending with the orchestra.

Ronald Naldi, always an elegant and popular presence in Ocean Grove, strode onto the stage wearing a white dinner jacket with a black tie and black pants.  He performed an aria from Rigoletto composed by Giuseppe Verdi, who was born 200 years ago.  He also sang an aria from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.   As expected, there were opera buffs in the house who whooped and hollered after each piece.  Ronald Naldi is so good, that one stares in disbelief to see him on the stage in Ocean Grove.

RONALD NALDI   from his album of Neapolitan and Italian songs  “Torna”

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View from the choir loft in the Great Auditorium.  By Ted Bell, Blogfinger staff photographer

View from the choir loft in the Great Auditorium. By Ted Aanenesen, Blogfinger staff photographer

ALISON KRAUSS     From the soundtrack of “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.”

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Choir Festival 2012. Ocean Grove, NJ. Great Auditorium.  By Paul Goldfinger © left click to enlarge

Choir Festival 2012. Ocean Grove, NJ. Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger © left click to enlarge

Maestro Dr. Jason C.  Tramm, Director of Music Ministries for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has announced an impressive program of sacred music for the 59th Choir Festival.  1,000 voices will comprise the Festival Chorus. There will be 7 guest conductors including Ocean Grove’s  own Ronald Naldi and Dr. Cindy Bell.

The Auditorium soloists will perform  (Monica Ziglar, soprano; Martha Bartz, mezzo-soprano; Ronald Naldi, tenor; Jeremy Galyon, bass) as will the Festive Brass Quintet  from Philadelphia. Dr.  Gordon Turk will be at the helm of the fabulous Hope-Jones organ.

The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Auditorium.     —-PG

THE SALISBURY CATHEDRAL BOYS AND GIRLS CHOIR:  “The Lord is my Shepherd.”

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