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Drum Corps, opera, Lord of the Rings headline upcoming Fathom Events PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   

The schedule is packed full of Fathom Events this summer at the Peerless Theatre in Holyoke. Fathom Event operas, a “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and a Drum Corps International presentation highlight a busy June and July at the Peerless.

Fathom Events first hit the Holyoke big screen when “The Rolling Stones” took the “stage” Sept. 16. Since then, shows like “Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” and “1 a Minute LIVE Supporting Susan G. Koman for the Cure” have been shown. “Memphis” was the last event to be shown in Holyoke.

Peerless manager Bob Brandt said the events that have been pitched recently haven’t been too appealing and GPRC board members didn’t think the community would enjoy them.

They are hoping the current line-up will appeal to numerous people.

The current 2011 summer schedule includes Drum Corps International Drum Corps at the Movies: 2011 DCI Tour Premiere, A Lord of the Rings three-night trilogy and The Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore Series.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be shown on the Peerless Theatre’s newly installed digital cinema in high definition with Dolby 7.1 digital sound system. The other Fathom Events will be shown on the high definition projector purchased specifically for Fathom Events.

Drum Corps International

From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence.

Through the annual DCI Tour and more than 35 World Championships in 17 North American cities, DCI provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events.

This one-night only event will present outstanding performances captured live the previous day from Round Rock, Texas and will feature the top eight finishers from last year’s DCI World Championships.

This exclusive in-theater event will showcase eight of DCI’s top marching music ensembles, together for a season-opening competition for the first time ever. Ensembles include Blue Stars, LaCrosse, Wis.; Santa Clara Vanguard, Santa Clara, Calif.; Phantom Regiment, Rockford, Ill.; The Cadets, Allentown, Pa.; Carolina Crown, Fort Mill, S.C.; Bluecoats, Canton, Ohio; The Cavaliers, Rosemont, Ill.; and Blue Devils, Concord, Calif.

The scores from the first show of the season in Saginaw, Texas and the second show, featured in this event, will be revealed during the broadcast in movie theaters.

Lord of the Rings: Extended Directors Cut

The Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” trilogy series, featuring Peter Jackson’s “directors cut” versions are being unveiled for the first time to theatres nationwide.

The trilogy will kick off Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. with “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

Each feature will begin with a personal introduction from Jackson captured from the set of his current film “The Hobbit.” In addition to Jackson’s introduction, each event will feature approximately an hour of brand new special content of never-before-seen footage making this a historic series that should only be experienced on the big screen.

Each event will be offered on one night only for the first three Tuesdays in June. “The Fellowship of the Ring” will be shown Tuesday, June 14, “The Two Towers” Tuesday, June 21 and “Return of the King” Tuesday, June 28. All three shows will begin at 7 p.m.

The Met Summer Encore Series

Six performances are scheduled as part of the Met Summer Encore Series. All six performances will be subtitled, according to Brandt.

The six shows will be held Wednesdays beginning June 15. The final show will take place Wednesday, July 27. Each production starts at 6:30 p.m.

“Madama Butterfly” will kick the Met encore series off Wednesday, June 15.

Patricia Racette sings the title role in the late Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s tragedy, a new classic of the Met repertory that opened the 2006-07 season. Marcello Giordani is American Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, and Dwayne Croft and Maria Zifchak co-star. Patrick Summers conducts.

“Don Pasquale” will hit the screen Wednesday, June 22.

Anna Netrebko reprises her sensational turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy, opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and John Del Carlo in the title role.

Music director James Levine conducts.

The Wednesday, June 29 event will feature “Simon Boccanegra.”

Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Plácido Domingo makes history singing the title role in Verdi’s gripping political thriller, which is written for a baritone.

Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani and James Morris are his co-stars in this moving story of a father and his lost daughter. James Levine conducts.

After a week’s break, the summer series will continue Wednesday, July 13 with “La Fille du Regiment.”

Laurent Pelly’s hilarious production stars Natalie Dessay as the tomboy Marie, who has been brought up as the “daughter of regiment,” and Juan Diego Flórez as the young man in love with her.

Dazzling coloratura, including Flórez’s nine high Cs in his act-one aria, meets perfect comic timing. Legendary actress Marian Seldes makes a special appearance as the Duchess of Krakenthorp and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Wednesday July 20 will feature “Tosca.” Luc Bondy’s dramatic production of Puccini’s operatic thriller, which Le Monde called “a perfect night at the opera,” stars Karita Mattila in the title role.

Marcelo Álvarez is her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze plays Scarpia, the sadistic chief of police who wants Tosca for himself. Joseph Colaneri conducts.

The final show of the summer series will feature “Don Carlo” Wednesday, July 27.

“I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera,” said director Nicholas Hytner, who made his Met debut with this production of the composer’s epic drama of love and politics. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Roberto Alagna in the title role, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova and Simon Keenlyside also star.

Tickets for all events can be purchased at the Peerless Theatre, online at or

Holyoke Enterprise June 9, 2011