R982 Fall 2018 European Operetta, The Silver Age: Franz Lehar and Emmerich Kalman
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 17
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: James Keefe
The latter part of the 19th and early 20th century were blessed with many great composers of operetta. The best known was Johann Strauss II, but there were many others in Austria, Hungary, France, and Great Britain. In this presentation, we will discuss the lives and music of Austro-Hungarian composers Franz Lehar and Emmerich Kalman. Lehar, the composer of 16 operettas, is best known for his monumental work, The Merry Widow, the first Viennese operetta to gain favor in American musical theater. Kalman composed 19 operettas, the most famous of which is Countess Maritza, which premiered in Vienna in 1924.
Dr. James W. Keefe is a former choral music teacher, high school principal, university professor of education and a national educational association director of research. He has conducted high school and college choruses as well as church and boys’ choirs. He is a current member of the Reston Chorale in which he sings tenor and arranges music for the chorus.