Works by Weill, Bernstein, Wainwright and Rodgers and Hammerstein Set for Koch Theater Gala Opening

News   Works by Weill, Bernstein, Wainwright and Rodgers and Hammerstein Set for Koch Theater Gala Opening Marc Kudisch, pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Lauren Flanigan will perform as part of the opening night celebration of New York City Opera's newly renovated David H. Koch Theater on Nov. 5.

Formerly known as the State Theater, Lincoln Center renamed the hall that was funded in part by Koch's gift of $100 million dollars (half of the $200 million capital campaign for the renovation project).

Entitled American Voices, the evening will feature Stravinsky's "Fanfare for a New Theater," Floyd's "Revival Scene" from Susannah, Rufus Wainwright's "Les feux d'artifice" from Prima Donna, an excerpt from Adams's "Hallelujah Junction" with the New York City Ballet, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Soliloquy" from Carousel and Weill's "Ice Cream Sextet" from Street Scene. Works from Bernstein, Bolcom, Golijov, Barber, Menotti, Moore and Gershwin have also been named for inclusion.

The performers include Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (9 to 5), Samuel Ramey, Flanigan (Séance for a Wet Afternoon), Amy Burton, Joyce Castle, Anna Christy, Joyce DiDonato, Anthony Dean Griffey, as well as guests Measha Brueggergosman, Talise Trevigne and Kelley O'Connor.

The New York City Ballet, maestros George Manahan and Julius Rudel will also participate, backed by the New York City Opera Orchestra and chorus.

The 6 PM evening, honoring Koch, begins with cocktails and the gala concert at 7 PM. Dinner and dancing will follow the performance. For benefit tickets, ranging $1,000-$5,000, phone (212) 870-5595.

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