Two One-Act Operas: Blue Monday – 1922- a Gershwin masterpiece combining classical music forms with jazz and the African-American culture of Harlem. .An Embarrassing Position-2011- a light comedy based on a sketch by New Orleans author Kate Chopin, set in the New Orleans of the 1890s.
Thursday July 25th – Sunday July 28th, 8pm. Tickets $20/$10 Students Seniors. No reserved seating.
Blue Monday (Opera a la Afro-American) is considered to be the first piece of symphonic jazz, and the first attempt to join classical music forms with jazz and the African-American culture of Harlem. The 30-minute opera will be performed by an African American cast of soloists and chorus.
An Embarrassing Position is a comic opera based on a sketch of the same name by New Orleans author Kate Chopin. The piece is set in the New Orleans of the 1890s. The composer, Dan Shore, is on the faculty of Xavier University in New Orleans, and is completing his latest opera, “Freedom Ride” – from which the Marigny Opera House and Longue Vue Gardens presented selected scenes this past March.
The 9th Ward Opera Company was founded in 2012 by Dr. Kathleen Westfall. Its mission is to give local opera students the opportunity to develop their craft and gain performance experience. Last summer the group presented an acclaimed production of the comic operas “Trial by Jury” and “Cox and Box,” and followed that success with performances of The Liebeslieder Project in December, and Pergolesi’s comic masterpiece, The Perfect Wife in March 2013.
Performance Dates: Thursday July 25th – Sunday July 28th
Time: All performances begin at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Place: Marigny Opera House 725 St. Ferdinand Street; New Orleans, LA 70117
Tickets: $20; $10 Students/Seniors; no reserved seating
This production is made possible through the generosity of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
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