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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:00 am

PBS offers the classics in the comfort of home

Love classical music but feel it’s too hot to venture outside? At 2:30 p.m. each Saturday afternoon in August, PBS-HD Channel 6 is presenting great classical and operatic performances.

The remaining performances are:

Aug. 13, Great Performances at the Met – Le Comte Ory: A trio of bel canto stars – Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato – headline the Met’s first-ever production of Le Comte Ory, Rossini’s final comic masterpiece. Bartlett Sher’s production is hosted by Renée Fleming.

Aug. 20, Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert: Led by guest conductor Valery Gergiev, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic presents an open-air concert in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Selections include Franz Liszt’s Les Préludes; Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; and Johann Strauss II’s Wiener Blut (Encore).

Aug. 27, Great Performances at the Met, La Fanciulla Del West: Puccini’s Wild West opera, based on David Belasco’s play, made its world premiere in 1910 at the Met. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role opposite Marcello Giordani in this revival of Giancarlo Del Monaco’s 1991 production. 

New book club to discuss Rodo’s ‘Ariel’ in Spanish

Club de Lectores, a new readers’ group that reads books authored in Spanish by writers from Latin America and Spain and discusses them in Spanish, will host its next meeting on Sunday, Sept. 4. The September book selection is “Ariel” by Jose Enrique Rodo.

The group will meet on the first Sunday of each month from

2 to 3:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Bookman’s bookstore, 1930 E. Grant Road, near Campbell Avenue. Membership is free.

The group welcomes people who read and speak Spanish fluently as well as those who do not. However, the latter should be aware this group’s mission is not to teach the Spanish language.

For more information, email azclubdelectores@aol.com.

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