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March 2011
28
Presented by Robin Addison and GPR Records
Works by Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Lowell Liebermann, and Glen Roven

Daniel Okulitch, bass-baritone
"The New American Art Song"
Weill Recital Hall
8PM

April 2011
1-3
The Grapes of Wrath
Michigan State University
MSU Auditorium

The Grapes of Wrath is Ricky Ian Gordon's monumental setting of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel of the Dust Bowl. Particularly relevant today during Michigan's economic crisis, the opera tells the story of the Joad family, uprooted from their farm in Oklahoma and forced to journey to California in search of work. Part social commentary and part pure emotion, the opera combines a truly American musical palette with the soaring sound of operatic voices. Sung in English with English surtitles. A preview lecture will be held 45 minutes before each performance.

Tickets: http://whartoncenter.com/boxoffice/performance.aspx?pid=1036

1-10
UrbanArias
Artisphere's Black Box Theater
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

Orpheus and Euridice
The ancient myth seen through the prism of modern life. In Gordon's version, Orpheus is a clarinetist, Euridice a soprano. They sing together, with and without words; Gordon shows us their domestic bliss before we see them torn asunder. Orpheus and Euridice has been produced many times to great acclaim – but never in the Washington, DC area. UrbanArias' production features the 2006 OBIE award-winning cast!

Green Sneakers
Green Sneakers is an elegy for Gordon's partner, Jeffrey Grossi, who died in 1996; it gives us a searing, but also humorous glimpse of his partner's life before his death from complications of AIDS. Written for baritone and string quartet, this lush, introspective yet exuberant piece examines how we say goodbye.

Tickets: http://www.urbanarias.org/buy-tickets/

12,16,17
Harrison Opera House
Norfolk, VA
Ricky Ian Gordon and Mark Campbell will debut a new musical work, Rappahannock County during the Virginia Arts Festival, in the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Virginia, April 12-17, 2011. This fictional song cycle is inspired by diaries, letters, and personal accounts from the 1860s. It has been co-commissioned in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, by Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas in Austin, Virginia Arts Festival, and Virginia Opera.

May 2011
8
Mother's Day Serenade
2:30 p.m.
Opera Roanoake
Shaftman Performance Hall - Jefferson Center
Roanoake, VA

Elizabeth Futral, soprano
Scott Williamson, tenor
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Wallace Easter, horn
Melvin Chen, piano
Steven White, conductor

Hear the beauty of lyrical poetry and mythology in our season finale. This program celebrate music with Britten's Serenade and Ricky Ian Gordon's 21st-century take on the ancient tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. Hear two unique duos:tenor & horn, and soprano & clarinet, both accompanied by the rich sounds of RSO strings.

Tickets: http://www.operaroanoke.org/e_1.htm

June 2011
2-12
Orpheus & Euridice

Duo Multicultural Arts Center (The Duo Theater)
62 East 4th Street, 2nd Floor (Between 2nd Ave. and Bowery)

Collaborative Stages and the Orpheus Project Present

ORPHEUS AND EURIDICE By Ricky Ian Gordon

Featuring:
Heather Dudenbostel, Soprano
Ryan Dudenbostel, Clarinet
Jad Bernardo, Piano

Directed by: Brian Letchworth
Produced by: Sarah Jane Arnegger
Production Supervisor: Griffin Parker

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, June 2nd - 8pm
Friday, June 3rd - 8pm
Saturday, June 4th - 8pm
Sunday, June 5th - 3pm
Thursday, June 9th - 8pm
Friday, June 10th - 8pm
Saturday, June 11th - 8pm
Sunday, June 12th - 3pm

Tickets are on sale now for $20. *It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, only a limited number may be available at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/175242

Completed in 2001, Ricky Ian Gordon's hour-long song cycle Orpheus and Euridice is the most recent interpretation of the Orphic myth by a major composer. The text, which he wrote himself, is at once timeless and highly personal, and the music is epic in scope while still maintaining the blend of modern art music and popular musical theatre for which Mr. Gordon is so well-known. In his setting of the tale, told by the soprano as she recounts a dream she had, Orpheus is represented by the clarinet, who speaks in music through his instrument. Labeled by the composer as a "dramatic song cycle," Orpheus and Euridice was intended to be presented not only through music, but also through movement and stagecraft. The story addresses the pain of loss, and the discovery of how beauty can emerge out of even the darkest of circumstances—a particularly potent theme for our time, and an important one to share.

9-11
Pittsburgh Opera Theater
Allegheny Cemetery
4734 Butler St.
Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Orpheus & Euridice
A collaboration with Attack Theatre
Open-Air Production

A Breath of Life in the Allegheny Cemetery. This contemporary American love-story comes to life in a hollow around a lake where five hundred candles float, surrounded by lush rolling lawns and spectacular monumental statuary. Opera Theater's singers and musicians collaborate with the extraordinary dancers of Attack Theatre for a modern rite of rebirth.

It's a matter of breath and death: modern man-as-musician loses beloved wife to deadly virus. He tries to summon his wife back to life with the sounds of his glorious clarinet. Life is breath, breath is music, music is movement. A life-enhancing music-dance-drama.

Tour the cemetery before the performance, picnic in one of the most beautiful spots in the city, set a lighted candle afloat in memory of a loved one, and experience a magical act of regeneration.

Sponsored by the Allegheny Cemetery
Director: Jonathan Eaton
Euridice: Laura Very
Choreography and Dancers: Attack Theatre

Tickets: http://www.operatheaterpittsburgh.org/season/euridice.html

August 2011
11 & 12
Orpheus and Euridice
Citric Acid

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival
4-21 August 2011
Riverside Studios
Hammersmith
London W6 9RL

Music & Words: Ricky Ian Gordon

Director: Alex Sutton
Designer: Alex Eales

Piano: Jonathan Williams
Clarinet & Orpheus: Tim Jackson
Euridice: Joanna Strand

A song cycle in two acts for the Piano, Clarinet and a Soprano. This is the British premier of American composer Ricky Ian Gordon's heartbreaking account of the Orpheus myth. Orpheus & Euridice won an OBIE award when it was premiered by Elizabeth Futral and Todd Palmer. This new production brings together award winning director Alex Sutton and designer Alex Eales and a company of performers who will bring this future masterwork to the first stages of life.

August 2011
11-12
Orpheus and Euridice
Citric Acid

Music & Words: Ricky Ian Gordon
Director: Alex Sutton
Designer: Alex Eales
Piano: Jonathan Williams
Clarinet & Orpheus: Tim Jackson
Euridice: Joanna Strand

A song cycle in two acts for the Piano, Clarinet and a Soprano. This is the British premier of American composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s heartbreaking account of the Orpheus myth. Orpheus & Euridice won an OBIE award when it was premiered by Elizabeth Futral and Todd Palmer. This new production brings together award winning director Alex Sutton and designer Alex Eales and a company of performers who will bring this future masterwork to the first stages of life.

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September 2011
14-15
Rappahannock County
University of Richmond Modlin Center for the Arts
Richmond, VA

21-22
Rappahannock County
Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

October 2011
16
Once I Was: Songs by Ricky Ian Gordon
Stacey Tappan, soprano
Ricky Ian Gordon, piano

Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St., Chicago, IL
3:00pm
Admission Free

6
Five Borough Music Festival
Five Borough Songbook

Galapagos Art Space
16 Main St.
Dumbo, Brooklyn
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November 2011
5
The Grapes of Wrath
Narrated concert version
Alaskan / Pacific Northwest Premiere
Anchorage Opera
Ricky Ian Gordon, narrator

Atwood Concert Hall
8:00 pm

December 2011
15
I Dream a World
Harolyn Blackwell, soprano
Brooklyn Youth Chorus

The Winter Garden at the World Financial Center
Free Admission

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