The Great and Not-So-Great Vocalists
September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm$25
The Crested Butte Music Festival and the Crested Butte Film Festival are proud to present The Great and Not-So-Great Vocalists
Performers: Michelle and Bradley Thomspon, soprano and lyric baritone
CBMF’s new series – Music and a Movie – pairs a live performance with a film related to the music being performed. By juxtaposing performance and film, you’ll gain greater insight and context into both the music, composer, performing artist, and filmmaker. And, it’s tremendous fun!
In this imaginative artistic pairing, we’ll watch a concert featuring a phenomenal husband-wife operatic duo. Then, we’ll watch a film about one of history’s most famous so-bad-it’s-good singers, Florence Foster Jenkins.
“blew audiences away” – The Coloradan
“awed the audience with the power and beauty of her voice”- The Colorado Springs Gazette
The evening’s performance features the acclaimed and award-winning husband and wife duo, Bradley and MIchelle Thompson. The two vocalists have both been Finalists of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and have amassed many awards, including grand prizewinner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition and the Gold Award in the Scammon International Voice Competition. Additionally, the two are both in high demand from the nation’s most prestigious opera companies.
After enjoying a performance of two astounding great operatic singers, we’ll enjoy a performance of a different kind. Florence Foster Jenkins was a famous socialite who began her vocal performance career later in life, and her quirky and technically-deficient performances led to her being a cult-hit figure of the 1920s-1940s. Her Carnegie Hall performance in 1944, at age 76, is the stuff of legend; the concert sold out weeks in advance and over 2000 people were turned away at the door. One lucky spectator wrote, “she put her hands righteously to her hips and went into a circular dance that was the most ludicrous thing I have ever seen. And created a pandemonium in the place. One famous actress had to be carried out of her box because she became so hysterical.”
The eponymous 2016 biopic brings to life this fascinating character. Featuring transcendental performances by Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, the film was not only nominated for and won many awards, but received numerous 4-star reviews. Between performance and film screening, Dr. Erik Christian Peterson will offer perspicacious comments about both the music performed and the film, and we’ll play a trivia game with the opportunity to win prizes.