Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Orpheus Unsung

October 24, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Describing the composition as a “wordless opera,” guitarist and composer Steven Mackey collaborated with percussionist Jason Treuting in this update on the story of Orpheus, Eurydice, and the mythological netherworld they explore. Mackey’s chamber opera combines music with filmed dance, casting the tragic legend in the contemporary sound world of drums and electric guitar. 

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Orpheus Unsung will be accompanied by a rendition of Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s Galgenlieder, which is based on Christian Morgenstern’s Gallow’s Songs, an early 20th Century poetry cycle. Mezzo Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn will lead the selection. Heyn was previously seen and heard at the Nasher during the seventh season of Soundings for Scullhoff, Reich, and Wagner: Music from Yellow Barn. Carnegie Hall’s Lizzie Burns will be on double-bass for this partly instrumental, partly vocal performance, along with Sam Seyong Um, who has previously performed as a soloist with the Yale Philharmonic. 

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Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is supported by Charles and Jessie Price, Kay and Elliot Cattarulla, Laura and Walter Elcock, John Dayton, the Friends of Soundings, and TACA. Additional support is provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. Media Partner: WRR 101.1 FM