The Land of Smiles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 18, 1996

The Harriet and Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423

LOS ANGELES CONCERT OPERA ASSOCIATION PRESENTS FRANZ LEHÁR'S THE LAND OF SMILES AT LUCKMAN THEATRE

Full-length Concert Version in English Includes Award-winning Cast

The Los Angeles Concert Opera Association presents The Land of Smiles by Viennese composer Franz Lehár in a full-length concert version in English at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m. For tickets call TicketMaster at (213) 365-3500/(714) 740-7878 or the Luckman box office at (323) 343-6600.

The Land of Smiles is a romantic operetta with engaging melodies, Viennese charm and graceful orchestration, highlighted by the endearing song "Yours is My Heart Alone," made famous by the Austrian tenor Richard Tauber and recently performed by Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo in the Three Tenors Concerts.

Lehár's exotic masterpiece is sung by Metropolitan Opera auditions-winner soprano Sewell Griffith as Baroness Lisa and tenor Charles Castronovo as Prince Sou-Chong. The operetta is directed by Loren L. Zachary. Mitch Hanlon conducts the Los Angeles Performing Arts Orchestra.

This is the 10th production by the Los Angeles Performing Arts Orchestra which has brought other Viennese favorites Countess Mariza, Count of Luxembourg, Gypsy Baron and The Merry Widow to Los Angeles audiences.

Tickets for The Land of Smiles are $30 and $25 for general, and students and seniors 65 and over are $12.

Luckman Theatre, part of The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, brings the performing arts, in their most creative form, to Southern California. It is located on the campus of Cal State L.A. at the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, near the junction of the I-710 (Long Beach) and I-10. For updates and scheduling click on Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the Cal State L.A. home page </sites/default/files/>_or call (323) 343-6610._

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WHO: The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex and The Los Angeles Concert Opera Association present Franz Lehár's The Land of Smiles.

WHAT: A romantic Viennese operetta with engaging melodies in a full-length concert version in English, featuring the Los Angeles Performing Arts Orchestra, soprano Sewell Griffith and tenor Charles Castronovo. Mitch Hanlon conducts; Loren L. Zachary directs.

WHEN: Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre, junction of I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways

TICKETS: $30, $25 for general, $12 for students and seniors 65 and over. Group prices are available: Luckman Box Office (323) 343-6600 or
TicketMaster (213) 365-3500/(714)740-7878

INFO: General -- Luckman Office (323) 343-6610

For updates and scheduling click on Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the Cal State L.A. home page </sites/default/files/>._

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