For Immediate Release: A Special Concert Version of Beloved Opera Porgy and Bess

Escondido, California — :

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) proudly presents a special concert version of treasured American opera Porgy and Bess. Composed by George Gershwin, the story has enchanted audiences for almost 80 years. Selections from Treemonisha, Scott Joplin’s operatic masterpiece, will also be performed. The performance will take place in the Concert Hall on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3 pm. For additional information, please visit

This singular concert version of Porgy and Bess will be performed with a full symphony orchestra and chorus along with the guest soloists, Cedrick Cannon and LaRose Saxon, who have performed the captivating opera around the world more than one hundred times. Cannon is known for his “fine baritone voice and swashbuckling presence” and Saxon for her “touching performances with a light lyric voice.” These remarkable vocalists will bring to life the love story of beautiful and troubled Bess, and crippled beggar Porgy. The story follows the duo as their love grows when Bess turns to Porgy in search of safety after her possessive lover Crown commits murder. This heartbreaking love story boasts some of the most famous and beloved works, including: “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Loves You, Porgy.”

Treemonisha is an uplifting look at an African-American community’s emergence from slavery into the promise of freedom. Led by a mysterious young woman – Treemonisha – an isolated black community struggles to overcome superstition and violence to embrace a future of self-determination and enlightenment. As the only opera about the “Up from Slavery” experience created by an African-American composer who actually witnessed it, Treemonisha is a priceless cultural treasure. Scott Joplin’s hauntingly beautiful music – inspired by the “field hollers,” spirituals, fiddle tunes, revival hymns, and sensual African dances of his childhood – still speaks powerfully to the hearts of modern audiences. Cedrick Cannon and LaRose Saxon will also perform Treemonisha.

*Porgy and Bess will be presented at the Concert Hall on May 31, 2015. More information can be found on



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