Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Toward The New American Operas "Our American Cousin" And "Appomattox": Rebuilding National Culture On The Garden/Ruins Of Babylon

Our American Cousin (2007)
An opera about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Music by Eric Sawyer (Amherst University)
Libretto by John Shoptaw (UC Berkeley, Department of English).

Thursday, August 23, 2007
8pm, Hertz Hall, admission free
University of California, Berkeley

Members of the University Chamber Chorus with soloists
Janna Baty, Alan Schneider, Angela Hines Gooch, and Drew Poling
Thomas Busse, choral director
Eric Sawyer, piano accompanist

This performance is sponsored by the Department of Music, and by the College of Letters & Science, as part of the “On The Same Page” program, which this year features Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills.

U.C. Berkeley's Spring Opera and the Novel Conference


Appomattox (2007)
An opera by Philip Glass
Libretto by Christopher Hampton
Music by Philip Glass

San Francisco Opera October 2007

"It was a turning point in American history, and the climax of a powerful personal drama about two proud men. After four years and the loss of 600,000 lives, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to his Union counterpart, General Ulysses S. Grant, in Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, bringing the Civil War to an end.

The intense emotions of this landmark day and the historic weeks leading up to it are compellingly conveyed by the hypnotic music of Philip Glass in this highly anticipated world premiere. The dazzling creative team includes Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton (librettist), renowned stage director Robert Woodruff (director) and acclaimed champion of new music Dennis Russell Davies (conductor).

To celebrate this historic world premiere and deepen your opera experience, we invite you to attend special events presented by our community partners, including performances, lectures and activities throughout the Bay Area.


San Francisco, California and the American Civil War


Sunday, September 23, 9:30-10:30 am
The Forum at Grace Cathedral presents "Christopher Hampton Discusses Appomattox"

Academy and Tony Award-winning British playwright Christopher Hampton discusses the creation and development of his libretto for Appomattox. The Very Rev. Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral, moderates. Attend onsite at Grace Cathedral, or tune in to the live audio webcast or archived recordings at www.GraceCathedral.org/forum.

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. FREE and open to the public.


Monday, September 17, 2007
8pm, Hertz Hall, admission free
Ernest Bloch Lecturer Professor Martha Feldman (University of Chicago)
Opening lecture: "Of Strange Births and Comic Kin"
Lecture series The Castrato in Nature will continue through the semester on Fridays in Morrison Hall, U.C. Berkeley.

Fort Point, San Francisco is a Civil War Era fort built just before the war began. Immediately adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge, the fort guarded the entrance to the San Francisco Bay and protected California's gold from Confederate raiders.

Photo credit: (c) www.geocities.com/zouaves114/FortPoint.html. All rights reserved. With thanks.


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