Thursday, May 01, 2008

K.C. Lyric Opera World Premiere - "John Brown"

I attended a wonderful reception this evening (at the Robert Frazier Gallery of Contemporary Art) for the the world premier of the Kansas City Lyric Opera's presentation of "John Brown". As a part of that reception we were given a preview of the performances and it promises to be breathtaking.

If you are in Kansas City it is a "must catch" Opera that I think will be life altering. If you are not in Kansas City may I suggest you consider a quick visit to take this one in.

John Brown is slated to be played by Baritone James Maddalena. Fredrick Douglass by Baritone Donnie Ray Albert. The dates are May 3 - May 11, 2008. (Lyric Opera Ticket office 816-471-7344.)

Visit, too, the exhibit at the Robert Frazier Gallery that coincides with this presentation. Art by Leroy and Michelle Beasley, Michael Toombs, Pellom McDaniels III, NedRa Bonds, and Sherry Mirador (to name a few) specifically commissioned for this event is on display.

A final treat at tonight's reception was the introduction of one of John Brown's direct decendants. She was quite pleased that an opera in his honor is debuting, and I agree, it is a wonderfully amazing thrill.

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