Freeman To Hold Off Stage Series

SELBYVILLE – The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and The Freeman Stage at Bayside will be presenting three unique performances this fall as part of the 2013 Off Stage Series.
The Off Stage Series will include Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Julie Fowlis’ Music of the Scottish Isles, and the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. The concerts will be held at the Owens Campus of Delaware Technical Community College, in the theatre of the Arts & Science Center, located in Georgetown, Del.
The multi-Grammy and Billboard Latin Music award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, who will perform on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., has established itself as one of the most formidable Latin jazz ensembles working today. The 13-member ensemble, led by Oscar Hernández, has led the resurgence of interest in the salsa music that emerged from the streets of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s. This engagement of Spanish Harlem Orchestra is made possible through funding by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
It is little wonder that when Disney Pixar (Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Up) were searching for the perfect, authentic singing voice to feature in the soundtrack to Brave, the 3D animated blockbuster set in 10th century Scotland, their research led them to one of the country’s true contemporary treasures – Julie Fowlis, who ended up singing the film’s theme song, Touch the Sky. Brought up on North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Fowlis – who will be performing Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. – has been a proud standard bearer for Gaelic music and culture over the course of a solo career which has spanned three highly acclaimed studio albums.
The Washington National Opera, performing on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., will feature their Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program, which guides young singers, accompanists, conductors, and stage directors on the verge of international careers. The Program provides intensive study with renowned vocal and drama coaches, and offers voice lessons, language classes, career guidance and master classes from staff and guest artists.  The Young Artists also have the opportunity to perform and cover roles on the main stage of Washington National Opera.
Tickets for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists performances are $11 each, and should be purchased ahead of time at www.freemanstage.org due to an expected large turnout on that evening.  Kids 18 and under are free.
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation was formed in 2007 following the untimely death of Josh Freeman. The Freeman Stage at Bayside, a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, is an outdoor performing arts venue located off Route 54 in the Bayside community in Selbyville, Del.

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