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3/31/2014

Free Concert Series Highlights in April

Myriad 3 in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

Spring is finally here! Well, at least that's what our calendar says. We're hoping that this month's line-up of classical, jazz and new music will help get you into the spring spirit, and maybe some real spring weather will follow!


Thursday, April 3, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Love Song Waltzes
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

 Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio (singers Gordon Bintner, Charlotte Burrage, Claire de Sévigné and Andrew Haji, with pianists Michael Shannon and Liz Upchurch) celebrate love, life and music in a performance of Brahms' tour-de-force for four voices and two pianists: Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Song Waltzes). The piece is paired with Canadian composer John Greer's whimsical modern answer to Brahms, the Liebesleid-Lieder on texts by Dorothy Parker and others.

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3/26/2014

Hercules Reading Guide

Soldiers in Hercules

While creating the libretto for Handel's Hercules, librettist Thomas Broughton created his composition from a variety of classic sources and, unlike other modern depictions of Hercules, the opera doesn't focus on his lineage as a demi-god, or his 'superhero' achievements, but the very human circumstances that surround his death. This spring, director Peter Sellars takes the tale and adapts it for a modern age, highlighting the emotional, and spiritual, drain of war on soldiers and the families they leave behind at home. To further your understanding of this opera, here are five book selections, some of which you can find in the Opera Shop.

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3/13/2014

Eight Things to Know About George Frideric Handel’s Hercules

By Nikita Gourski, Development Communications Officer

Eight things about Hercules

This April, Handel’s Hercules has its COC premiere in a new co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Here are eight key things you may want to know before you head to your seat!

1) Based on mythology, rooted in real life
Handel’s Hercules is based on an ancient Greek tragedy, Women of Trachis, written by Sophocles around 450 BC. In addition to being one of the most celebrated playwrights of his era, Sophocles was a war general who understood the emotionally intense – even dangerous – landscape that awaited soldiers and their families after a period of war. Though the subject derives from mythology, Sophocles’ treatment of it was profoundly human.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001