A Night in Florence
with the Florentine Camerata
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Wedding of Marie de Medici to Henry IV of France, 1600. Oil on canvas, by Jacopo Chimenti, Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Brazilian Court Hotel
& Café Boulud
PALM BEACH AND FLORENCE
Can’t we see in the Palm Beach community many of the forces and elements that made Renaissance Florence so fruitful in fostering the arts? Can we take some lessons from Florence in the 1400s and 1500s to see how they cultivated arts in storied homes, studios, salons and social settings? The Palm Beach Theater Guild raised these lively (and fun) questions in a stimulating evening of cocktails and opera arias, our ‘Night in Florence with the Florentine Camerata’ on April 23, 2014.
Our chosen focus for this gathering was the Florentine Camerata, a group of gentry, composers, writers and literati who met in notable houses in Florence and, by 1600, invented the art form of opera. The first opera ever composed, ‘Dafne’ by Jacopo Peri (1598), is lost to us, but we have the second opera, ‘Euridice’ by Peri and Giulio Caccini, which was created to be performed at the wedding of Marie de Medici to King Henry IV of France in 1600. We played parts of that opera and showed images of the homes, personages and fashions of the time (see Peri above), followed by selected arias from the centuries since then, including transcendent favorites from operas by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.
The story of the Camerata in Florence and the art form of opera that found its start there is an inspirational history challenging us in gatherings and activities in our community to pursue culture and cosmopolitan entertaining in social and cultural settings that can foster the performing and theater arts.
Palm Beach Theater Guild, Palm Beach, FL, (561) 818-0170
Jimmy Roberts at 264 The Grille
Palm Beach Theater Guild and Legends Radio for
"Legends We Love"
A Season Opening Party and Performance with
Composer, Pianist and Voice of Elegant Wit
Wednesday, November 5, at 264 The Grille
264 South County Road
When he isn't composing hits like "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" (the second longest-running Off-Broadway show), Jimmy Roberts is enchanting audiences with Beethoven, Beatles and Bach, Gershwin, Sondheim, Vivaldi and more in his virtuoso blend of humor, pathos and classical and popular music. As our featured "Legend" at the Theater Guild's season-opening party in Palm Beach, Jimmy will also share stories and insights about how hits are made, including the shows he's working on now in New York. His performance will start at 8:15 and run till 9:15, following hors d'oeuvres and cash bar at 6:30 p.m. and dinner with a glass of wine at 7:00 ($100 per person).
To complete this night of fun and intriguing exploration of musical traditions and hits, the Palm Beach Theater Guild is proud to co-host this opening party and performance with Legends Radio, the station at 100.3 FM founded by Palm Beach's Dick Robinson to showcase the Great American Songbook and artists including Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr. and more. After Jimmy Roberts' show, the evening will continue with a mix of hits put together for us by Legends Radio. Don't hesitate to break away from talk and your table of old and new friends and dance to these classics. (We'll also sneak in a brief update on news and the 2014-15 plans of the Theater Guild, following on the five shows and two theater parties we presented last season.)
For tickets to our Nov. 5th opening party and performance, call (561) 818-0170, visit our website at pbtheaterguild.org or send checks payable to the Palm Beach Theater Guild to our P.O. Box 667, Palm Beach, Florida 33480. The tickets ($100 per person) will be held at the door, not mailed.
"Rhythmically perceptive voice. Jimmy Roberts showed how such songs should be done." "Mr. Roberts has listened carefully and learned from his forebears, from Rodgers to Sondheim." New York Times
"An unexpectedly refreshing experience. He made the well known melodies sound new and different by ingenious variations and unusual harmonies." Review by Rolf Kaltenborn in The Palm Beach Daily News
For information on Legends Radio, go to http://LegendsRadio.com