Opera Hits High Notes With Good Gags

Susanna, a Neopolitan countess of the early 1800s, has a segreto, a secret: she smokes. Her husband, Count Gil, an obsessively jealous man — but a perfectly nice fellow in every other way — sniffs tobacco in the palace and draws a logical but preposterous conclusion: Susanna is having an affair with a man who smokes. The pair is at loggerheads, and more than willing to sing about it, courtesy of the great Enrico Wolf-Ferrari. Thus unravels the 15-minute intermezzo comic opera, Il Segretto di Susanna, to the merriment of all.

With Songs on Their Lips, Island Musicians Bid an Affectionate Farewell to 2007

Island musicians were the dominant revelers at the Vineyard Haven observance at the close of 2007.

The event could have begun at any time for members in the audience at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Monday afternoon.

For some it began with a belly dancer revue. For many it was Johnny Hoy of the Bluefish singing a song dedicated to time slipping away.

From West Tisbury to Symphony Hall: Katie Sings With the Pops

Katie Mayhew sang twice at Symphony Hall in Boston yesterday, first in rehearsal and second as part of a competition for the Boston Pops High School Sing-Off.

Katie, 15, is one of 22 contestants in a statewide competition to be a singer with the Boston Pops this summer. They came from all over the state, from as far east as the Vineyard and as far west as Stockbridge. Each singer, aged from 15 to 18, was aspiring to be a winner. The grand winner will perform with conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as part of the Fourth of July concert and fireworks.

Kenny Lockwood to Play At Old Whaling Church

Kenny Lockwood and Red Road are making a rare appearance on the Island at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, Saturday, August 30, at 8 p.m.

All Invited for Aquinnah Entertainment on Saturday

The Aquinnah Public Library will be host to a community celebration on Saturday, August 30, from noon to 3 p.m. The event is free and will be held on the grounds of the library on State Road in Aquinnah. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the old town hall across State Road.

Two musical guests will perform: the Wampanoag tribe’s own Black Brook Drummers will perform at noon and Sol y Canto, a popular Latin music group from Cambridge at 2 p.m.

Lagoon Music

Lagoon Music

Jazz pianist John Alaimo will give a sunset serenade on Sunday, August 31, when Pam and Jim Butterick open their home at 359 Barnes Road for a benefit evening of music on the Lagoon. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., there will be great music and light refreshment and, with luck, a lovely sunset over the lagoon.

A donation of $50 will be taken at the door to benefit the Steeple Fund of the Federated Church in Edgartown. For details, call the church office at 508-627-4421 or the Buttericks at 508-693-6871.

The Flying Elbows Will Throw Down Hoe Down

It’s time for old-time fiddle music tonight, when The Flying Elbows Fiddle Band performs at 8 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

Known to deliver light-hearted, high-energy performances, the Flying Elbows will present both original and traditional songs with humor and three-part harmony in addition to their familiar fiddle material.

Ultimate Barre Exam: Ballet’s Best Students Perform With Pros

Ethan Stiefel, world-renowned ballet dancer and star of the film Center Stage, and his professional ensemble Stiefel & Stars, perform on Island in their annual one-night-only benefit for Vineyard Arts Project at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center.

The show will be held on Wednesday, August 27, at 6 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center at the high school. Tickets are available at $35, $65, $95 and $125 and may be purchased online at vineyardartsproject.org or by calling 508-413-2104.

Stage and Che’s

Stage and Che’s

Got Chops?

Got Chops?

The film Chops, about high school jazz bands competing at the Essentially Ellington Festival, will screen as the final Tabernacle summer film, tonight, Tuesday, August 19, at 8 p.m. in the Camp Ground in Oak Bluffs.

Filmmaker Brice Broder turns his lens on one Florida band at the festival hosted by Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center. Running 88 minutes, Chops is appropriate for all ages. Admissions is $8 and $5 for film society members.

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