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 paired with 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. Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn, previously seen and heard at the Nasher during the seventh season of Soundings for Scullhoff, Reich, and Wagner: Music from Yellow Barn, adds vocals to the selection. Carnegie Hall’s  Ensemble Connect alumna, Lizzie Burns is the double bassist for this partly instrumental, partly vocal performance, joined by Sam Seyong Um, who will return to the Soundings stage on March 1, 2019 with The Percussion Collective in Rituals of War and Death.

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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