Minutes of the July 17, 2000 Meeting Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter
Meeting was held at Red Lobster Restaurant (8040 Kingston Pike, Knoxville) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Main speaker for the evening was Mr. Frank Graffeo, General Director and Conductor of the Knoxville Opera Company. Mr. Graffeo gave a talk about famous weather events in opera and also brought along a singer and accompanist for a live vocal performance. Mr. Raffeo pointed out that musical depiction of weather events can act in a variety of ways - as transition cover between settings, suggests eminent change, emphasizes tension and/or anxiety. Stormy depictions can build the climax of a particularly unpleasant scenario. Rainfall provides comedic relief and the glory of a particularly colorful sunrise or sunset reflected on clouds inspires heroes.
Here is a play-list for the excepts presented as part of the talk:
“Othello” and “Rigoletto”
“The Barber of Seville”and “La Cenerentola”
“The Flying Dutchman”
“Porgy and Bess”
“Cosi Fan Tutti”
“Elixir of Love”
Soprano Tammy Calder-Welter and accompanist Yuiko Asana, both UT students, performed the aria “Ain’t it a pretty evening” from American composer Afleut’s folk opera “Susannah”. This piece reminded us of the beauty of an Appalachian sunset reflected in a peaceful sky. Mr. Graffeo also demonstrated an old-fashioned wind machine used to generate the sounds of breezes whistling through trees.