The celebrated opera director, who died on May 26, 2003, was a longtime Peabody faculty member. In addition to his productions for the Peabody Opera Theatre, Mr. Lehmeyer directed numerous opera and theatre productions for the Baltimore Opera Company, Washington Summer Opera, Center Stage and Theatre Hopkins among other companies.
The celebration of his life will include musical performances, a video, and remembrances of family, friends and colleagues as follows:
Members of the Baltimore Opera Chorus, conducted by James Harp, will sing the Easter Chorus from Mascagni's Cavelleria Rusticana and "Sing to Love " from Die Kedermaus by Strauss.
Roger Brunyate, Director of the Peabody Opera Theatre, will speak to the theme "John Lehmeyer: An Opera Director with Passion and Panache."
Michael Harrison, General Director of the Baltimore Opera Company, will give a remembrance and present a video.
A remembrance will also be given by Dr. Elaine Walter of the Washington Summer Opera Company.
Family members Mark and Susan Adams will present slides and music.
Peabody Conservatory students will contribute a compilation of anecdotes and appreciations under the title "Remembering Mr. Lehmeyer," and Rhea Feikin of Maryland Public Television will give a remembrance and a video.
Dr. Tom Hall, Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, will conduct members of the BCAS, the Baltimore Opera Chorus and the Peabody Opera Chorus in Faurd's Sanctus and In Paradisium.
The members of the three choruses will also sing "Make Our Garden Grow” from Leonard Bernstein's Candide, conducted by Hajime Teri MuraL Peabody's Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Music Director.
Other speakers and soloists are still to be announced.
The Celebration is free and open to the public.