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Opera: Our Town

by Ned Rorem

Date: Time: 3:00 pm–12:00 am
Contact: Mike Edholm, 472-6865,
Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, is among the most iconic works of American theatre – a moving celebration of the joys and sorrows of small-town life, and an unforgettable evocation of the timeless power and value of simple things. Its central, grand themes of love and death are also the basic dramatic ingredients of great opera.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem is the ideal musician to re-imagine Our Town for the operatic stage. For more than fifty years, Rorem’s work has found fresh, imaginative ways to renew the American classical heritage of Copland and Bernstein, Hanson and Barber. Combining the libretto by J.D. McClatchy, Rorem’s music for Our Town is memorably rich and engaging, full of lyrical melody, athletic vigor, and profound emotion rooted in the artistic and everyday traditions of American life.

Thursday, Nov 12 at 12:00 pm
Friday, Nov 13 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov 15 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: Adults $20, student and senior $10 and are available now through the Lied Center box office, 402/472-4747 or 800/432-3231.

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This event originated in Fine and Performing Arts.