UPDATE: WE HAVE OUR WINNERS. STAY TUNED FOR ANOTHER LIFE-CHANGING TICKET CONTEST LATER THIS SEASON.
Once again, the folks at Baltimore Sun Media Group have passed along some concert tickets that I'll offer free to lucky Clef Notes readers.
Two winners will each receive a pair of seats to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance at
3 p.m. Sunday (March 28) at Meyerhoff Hall. The program, conducted by Marin Alsop, offers Stravinsky's colorful ballet score, "Pulcinella" and a rare opportunity to hear two short operas by great American composers -- Samuel Barber's "A Hand of Bridge" and George Gershwin's "Blue Monday." The soloists are members of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program -- who took part in a cool publicity stunt in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon.
The 1922 Gershwin work is a precursor of sorts to "Porgy and Bess," a blend of operatic and jazz worlds used to tell the story of a passionate scene in a Harlem club. Barber's compact opera from 1959 depicts two married couples playing cards, each person thinking of something else.
To receive the free tickets, just answer this: Who wrote the libretto for each of those two operas? The first two correct answers received by 11:15 a.m. will win. If there are more than two correct answers by then (there are bound to be hundreds or thousands, surely), winners will be selected from a random drawing.