BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY and CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY – June 3, 2021 —Currently in its 23rd season and past recipient of the Arts Westchester Organization of the Year Award, Taconic Opera invites you to the world premiere performance of an original oratorio composed by the company’s director, Dan Montez: Esther. All performances will include professional lead singers, the Taconic Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and will be conducted by the composer himself. This is the first complete oratorio that has been composed on the subject in the last 300 years.
Postponed for more than one year due to the pandemic, this story of the woman who saved the Jews from their first threat of annihilation will be performed in June in two locations: Saturday, June 26, at 1 pm and 7 pm, at the Holy Name of Mary Church, 114 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson; and Sunday, June 27, at 1 pm and 4 pm at the Congregation Sons of Israel, 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY. Two performances per day assures that indoor venue and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Both of these beautiful venues are ideally suited for live sacred music of this caliber due to their acoustical and architectural properties.
This is Maestro Montez’s 6th oratorio in a series of biblical themes including Enoch, Jonah, Daniel, Job and David which all premiered to rave reviews. Comments have included: “Breathtaking!”, “I am in awe.”, “Sweeping harmonic and melodic gestures.”, and “Glorious!” The music of Esther is an exotic, heavenly and dynamic combination that brings the story to life.
Tickets: Ticket holders from the planned 2020 performances will receive first choice of dates and locations. If you have 2020 tickets and have not yet been contacted, please call the Box Office at (855) 889-7372 to make arrangements.
To determine if tickets are available for new purchase, call Taconic Opera’s toll-free number (855) 886-7372 or try online at http://taconicopera.org/tickets/index.html
Ticket Prices: Advance Sale: $25, Seniors-$20, Students-$12; Door: $30, Seniors-$25, Students-$15. Groups of 5 or more: deduct $5 per ticket. Both facilities are handicap accessible.