Celebrating Plácido Domingo and other wonderful things

Mid-week recommendations include, if you have the means or the luck to attend, Celebrating Plácido at Lyric Opera.  This is a one-night-only tribute to the legendary tenor/baritone featuring Domingo and the radiant Ailyn Pérez in Act Two of La Traviata in addition to a selection of arias and duets, conducted by Eugene Kohn  with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Thursday, March 9.

On Wednesday, March 8, VAC readers can enjoy 50% off tickets to Julia Bullock’s debut at the Harris Theater with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  The program, Love Sonnets, features Bullock performing Ravel’s Five Greek Songs with pianist Wu Han and a Harris Theater commission Rime Sparse for Soprano, Violin, Cello and Piano by American composer and Guggenheim Fellow Jonathan Berger.  Bullock is a rising star, having recently won the Naumburg Competition and ranking on The New York Times’ “Best Classical Music of 2016” list.  Use the code LOVE50 to access the discount at the Harris Theater website – main floor seating for as low as $13.

On Friday, Chicago’s earnest and charming Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company open a three-performance run of Iolanthe at University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall.  Their cast includes an impressive trio of baritones/bass-baritones: Matthan Black , whose performance in Chicago Fringe Opera’s In the Penal Colony was acclaimed by the Chicago Tribune; David Govertsen, who, if you read VAC regularly, you must know and love; and Aaron Wardell, who was a delightfully lecherous Jupiter in Haymarket Opera Company’s La Calisto last summer.

Also on Friday, the monthly Eugenia Cheng’s Liederstube continues at the Fine Arts Building.  Free and open to the public – be prepared to sing a Schubert song; or participate in a congregational Ich grolle nicht, sung as a hymn; or just relax with some wine and be treated to art song in an intimate environment the way it was intended to be enjoyed