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January 2013
15
MOVABLE TYPE
Christopher Shepard, conductor
The Dessoff Choirs
The festival's opening concert showcases the myriad ways choral composers rise to the challenge of setting text, including Ricky Ian Gordon's Five by Langston, a setting of works by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, performed in the auditorium that bears his name. Join Ricky and Dessoff Music Director Chris Shepard at 7:00 pm for a preconcert discussion of this moving composition.

February 2013
7
Self-Portrait: RICKY IAN GORDON
Ricky Ian Gordon, composer
Spend an intimate evening with the gifted American composer best known for his opera, The Grapes of Wrath, as he speaks about his life and his deep connection to poetry, and plays his extraordinary songs.
Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 E 61st St, New York City

14-16
NATS in Kansas, Composer-in-Residence
Master Classes, Lectures and Concerts

19
Green Sneakers
Southside Theatre at Fort Mason
San Francisco
Jesse Blumberg, Baritone
Del Sol Quartet
John De Los Santos, Director

Buy tickets here

22-28
The Grapes Of Wrath
Music by Ricky Ian Gordon and Libretto by Michael Korie
Northwestern University
Director: Michael Ehrman
Conductor: Hal France

March 2013
1-3
The Grapes Of Wrath
Music by Ricky Ian Gordon and Libretto by Michael Korie
Northwestern University
Director: Michael Ehrman
Conductor: Hal France

11
SILL Series, with June LaBell, Sarisota, Florida
"Musical Lecture" - - "How to Write an Opera in Today's World."

23-24
SPRING CONCERT
SEIZE THE DAY! Finding Your Own Voice
Remember the first time you spoke your own truth? From the jazz halls of Harlem to the halls of our local high schools, join us on a musical evening about coming of age. Be the first to hear a thrilling world premiere by Ricky Ian Gordon, one of today's most exciting composers for Broadway and opera. Gordon's music sets the poetry of Langston Hughes in a vibrant Harlem jazz joint, where, for a young man believing in the promise of the future, everything seems possible.
Saturday, March 23, 8pm
Sunday, March 24, 3pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

April 2013
6
Lincoln Center's American Songbook 2013 Season
January 30 - April 20, 2013
"American Songbook in the Penthouse"
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 West 65th Street
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8:00 pm Ricky Ian Gordon: Green Sneakers, for Baritone, String Quartet, Empty Chair, and Piano (sung by Jesse Blumberg) Ricky Ian Gordon is an American composer of songs, stage musicals and opera. His compositions have been presented twice before in American Songbook: Bright Eyed Joy in 2002 and the world premiere of Orpheus & Euridice in 2005, which won an OBIE Award. The New York Times defines Gordon's music by a single quality-"the bursting effervescence infusing songs that blithely blur the lines between art song and the high-end Broadway music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim." Among his many works are Sycamore Trees (a musical), The Grapes of Wrath (a full-scale opera), and Green Sneakers, a theatrical song cycle based on a series of poems that Gordon wrote after the death of his long-time partner. The music will be played by the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet, and it will feature baritone Jesse Blumberg, who previously worked with Gordon when he played Connie Rivers in The Grapes of Wrath. According to Opera Today, wherein Green Sneakers was called, a "Masterpiece," Gordon, who had noted Blumberg's artistry, charisma, honesty and simplicity as a performer, knew that Blumberg would be the perfect vocalist for Green Sneakers.
Tickets start at $25
TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 13, 2012 at Lincoln Center's website www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for the Friends of Lincoln Center go on sale November 2, and single tickets go on sale to the public beginning November 13.
June 2013
15-
Workshop at Houston Grand Opera of "A Coffin In Egypt" with Frederica Von Stade
Music by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by Leonard Foglia based on Horton Foote
Directed by Leonard Foglia
Conductor, Timothy Myers

27-29
Portland Arts Festival
Portland, Maine
"Orpheus and Euridice"
Elizabeth Futral, Soprano
Todd Palmer, Clarinet
Ran Dank, Pianist

July 2013
30
Ravinia Festival
Concert with Nicole Cabell, "Silver Rain"

November 2013
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Orpheus and Euridice
Composer/Libretto: Ricky Ian Gordon
November 1 at 7:30 p.m., November 3 at 7:30 p.m., November 8 at 7:30 p.m., and November 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Eckhart Park Pool
Sung in English. 70 minutes, no intermission.

Tickets for Orpheus & Euridice are free to the public in partnership with the Chicago Park District and can be reserved in advance by calling (312) 704-8414 or by visiting www.chicagooperatheater.org.
Chicago Opera Theater first-time subscribers to the 2014 - 40th Season, receive a 50% discount on season tickets.
Tickets can be reserved and subscriptions can be purchased by calling the COT Box Office at (312) 704-8414 or online at www.chicagooperatheater.org

CAST
EURIDICE: VALERIE VINZANT
ORPHEUS: TODD PALMER

PRODUCTION
COMPOSER/LIBRETTIST: RICKY IAN GORDON
DIRECTOR/PRODUCTION DESIGN: ANDREAS MITISEK
CONDUCTOR/PIANIST: STEPHEN HARGREAVES
LIGHTING DESIGN: DAVID LEE BRADKE

For more information on the Chicago Opera Theater and its programs please visit www.chicagooperatheater.org.

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