Visit the Opera at the JCC

by | Oct 3, 2014 | What’s Happening

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2:30 pm

Virginia Opera returns to the Simon Family JCC with a performance for young opera enthusiasts with scenes from The Empress and the Nightingale.

This Hans Christian Andersen classic is a children’s story of a small bird sharing her gift of song. With a cast of three, this opera vividly teaches the value of music performed live and how humans cannot control nature.

The Opera’s community series for children travels to area schools and community centers. “The performance engaged my students for the entire 45 minutes,” says John Tyler Elementary music teacher Marie Weber. “All the kindergarteners, who had never been to an assembly before, loved the show. One little girl even cried at the end because she was sad the show was over!”

The Virginia Opera has performed for the past two years at the JCC as part of its Children’s Cultural Arts Series. Last year, the group showcased Jack and the Beanstalk, which, like The Empress and the Nightingale, is performed by just several cast members and aims to engage a young audience, encouraging questions and conversation after the performance.

Tickets for the Opera are:
Child (ages 10 and under) $6, $4 (JCC member);
Adult (ages 11 and up) $8, $6 (JCC member);
Family (2 adults + children), $27, $22 (JCC member).

Call 321-2338 for tickets. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.