Monday, December 22, 2008

In Memorium, Robert Mulligan ... (Pan Cogito Recalls The Forgotten Subject For An Opera By An Author Other Than Herman Melville Or Lee Harper)
















He excelled in the fast-paced milieu of live TV, helming such projects as "The Moon and Sixpence," "Billy Budd" and "The Bridge of San Luis Rey."

Reuters "Mockingbird" Director Richard Mulligan Dead At 83" New York Times December 22, 2008.

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Recently named Oprah Winfrey's "favorite book of all time," this classic American fiction brings Atticus, Gem and Scout Finch to the stage in this horrible lesson about racial violence, American prejudice, and family ethics.

Indiana Repertory Theater

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Ms. Lee Harper, having lived most of her life without the existence of the Washington National Opera and a living American opera tradition, has said that while she respects composers' requests for operatic rights to set "To Kill A Mockingbird", she does not want such a opera to be premiered during her own lifetime.


















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3 Comments:

Blogger JW said...

Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the fascinating posts this year.
JMW

7:05 AM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thanks a million, John. And Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you!

And thank you so much for your reading and insightful commenting this past year.

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We had dinner on Saturday at the Virginia mini-estate of a 16th generation Marylander/Virginian (and his New Yorker wife). Their 29 year old son (now at London School of Economics) was planning to try to resurrect your Republican party. (I don't exactly know the parents' politics, but the wife did warn me that their son was "very conservative" (though interesting, in ways, as a "radical environmentalist and 'Christian'").

9:49 AM  
Blogger JW said...

Things come and things go; Dems and Repubs both have their moments. I'm not perturbed by the Dems victory; I merely hope they will do good. So far, doesn't look promising. Nonetheless, this is a great country, the greatest in the world in that we can have a peaceful transfer of power no matter how much we may disagree with each other.

I don't think the incoming administration portends any advancement in the status of good music in this country.

9:08 PM  

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