Steven Mackey: Orpheus Unsung

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Steven Mackey: Orpheus Unsung says
Thu-Sat, June 16-18, 2016
Copresented with the Guthrie Theater

A Production Conceived and Directed by Mark DeChiazza features So Percussion’s Jason Treuting, musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and dancers Sara Gurevich, Denisa Musilova, and Navarra Novy-Williams

A volatile combination of music, kaleidoscopic cinematic imagery and dance form the narrative engine of Orpheus Unsung, an opera without words, composed by Grammy Award-winning composer Steven Mackey in collaboration with percussionist/composer Jason Treuting. Mackey, known for his “explosive and ethereal imagination” (Gramophone), offers a fresh 21st-century interpretation of the legend that has inspired so many artists and composers before him. Orpheus, portrayed by the electric guitar and performed by Mackey himself, is cast into chaos searching for sense and meaning in his own story. Mackey’s twist on the operatic form will be anchored by wildly ambitious director Mark DeChiazza, renowned for his arresting collaborations with eighth blackbird, So Percussion and John Luther Adams. DeChiazza and Mackey’s multimedia creation will be presented alongside two of Mackey’s most engaging and personal string quartets, Physical Property and Ars Moriendi, performed by musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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