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Classical music news: Madison will NOT get The Met’s 6 summer encore rebroadcasts of hi-def operas — BUT MAKE MARCUS THEATRES CHANGE ITS CORPORATE MIND

May 11, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

I have BAD NEWS to break and I need your help to turn it around and make it good news:

Here it is: Opera fans in the Madison area will NOT be able to indulge their passion throughout the summer with six encore rebroadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts that have become so popular. Titles include such popular standards as Verdi’s “Aida” (below top), Bizet’s “Carmen” and Puccini’s “La Boheme” and “Turandot” (below bottom).

The encore presentations were just announced this week.

But the Marcus Corporation, based in Milwaukee, has decided NOT to air the six summer encore presentations in Madison — even though they will be aired at non-Marcus Theatres in Appleton and Rockford.

This comes despite the fact that Madison’s Point Cinema outsells “by far” any other Marcus Theatres carrying the broadcasts in seven Midwestern states, according to a Marcus representative. Which means on the surface at least that the decision doesn’t make business sense.

Remember, too, that Madison also loves opera: This is the same city that fills seats for the Madison Opera productions and that conducted a successful grass-roots movement to keep the Saturday Met radio broadcasts when Wisconsin Public Radio wanted to end them years ago.

And remember also that so popular are the Met’s hi-def broadcasts in Madison that late this past season Marcus added a much-needed second venue in the Madison area — the Eastgate Cinema, which will has now joined the Point Cinemas, where screenings often sold out.

The summer encore showings will all take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights from June 16 to July 28. So there is still time to turn this around.

True, that schedule and that screening time put them smack up against most of the Concerts on the Square that tens of thousands of area residents enjoy.

But then having to make difficult choices is hardly new to art and music fans in Madison.

Here’s a link to story in the New York Times about the encore screenings:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/10/arts/music/10arts-MOREMETOPERA_BRF.html

And if you want more information direct form the Met, here’s another link:

http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/news/features/detail.aspx?id=11986

The same link gives you information about casts, plots and production details, and allows you to purchase tickets, which have cost $22 and are now on sale — except, of course, in Madison.

And in case you missed the announcement in February, here is the announcement for the sixth season, the 2010-11 season, of the “”Met Live in HD Broadcasts,” which will feature a record 11 productions and record number of theaters:

http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/news/news_flash.aspx?id=11526

Tickets will go on sale in September with priority to Met members.

But right now and much more importantly, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP CHANGE MARCUS’ DECISION ABOUT MADISON (AND ITS DECISION NOT TO PICK UP THE MET ENCORES AT ANY OF ITS THEATERS).

YOU CAN LEAVE MESSAGES OR COMMENTS ON THIS BLOG AND I WILL FORWARD THEM TO MARCUS.

OR YOU CAN SEND YOUR OWN E-MAIL TO CLINTW@MARCUSTHEATRES.COM OR GO TO WWW.MARCUSTHEATRES.COM AND LEAVE A MESSAGE UNDER THE “CONTACT US” SECTION.

YOU CAN ALSO FORWARD A LINK TO THIS BLOGPOST TO AS MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS AS YOU KNOW, AND THEY CAN HELP.

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU DO.

FOR MY PART, I WILL FOLLOW UP AND LET YOU KNOW HOW SUCCESSFUL WE ARE IN CHANGING MARCUS’ MIND.

Do you like the Met’s hi-def broadcasts and go to them?

What do you like best about them?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE SUMMER ENCORE SCREENINGS SHOWN IN MADISON AT POINT AND EASTGATE?

SEND ME — AND ESPECIALLY THEM — A MESSAGE.

The Ear wants to hear.


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