JCF Supporters Enjoy a Night at the Opera and a Day at the Races!
As a special thank you, seventy supporters of the Jewish Community Foundation recently enjoyed a performance of Emmerich Kálmán’s musical treasure, Arizona Lady, which made its U.S. premiere at the Arizona Opera.
Kálmán was a Hungarian Jewish composer who fled to the United States in 1940, spending some of his time in Arizona. Following his emigration, Nazi Germany banned performance of his work. Written in 1953, Arizona Lady is a love letter to the American Southwest: the hopes and dreams of leading lady Lona Farrell ride on the back of one horse, “Arizona Lady,” winning the Kentucky Derby. Reminiscent of the greatest Golden-age Hollywood musical comedies, Arizona Lady is full of lively, upbeat music and cheerful and soaring arias.
With a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, Arizona Opera also presented its 2015 Rediscovered Voices Festival. The Festival was presented as a companion to the Arizona Lady premiere.
The Rediscovered Voices Festival included a variety of programming, highlighting music that was politically suppressed in 1930s Europe. The Festival included a production of “Brundibar,” a one-act children’s opera that premiered in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. In all, the Festival feature 16 events in Greater Phoenix and Tucson. Thanks to JCF’s support, all events were free to the public.