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The Juniper Tree: Chamber Opera by Philip Glass & Robert Moran
March 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
This ancient tale from the Brothers Grimm weaves an eerie, poetic story of a wicked stepmother who kills her stepson and cooks him into a stew for his unsuspecting father. The boy has the last laugh, however, when his sister buries his bones beneath a juniper tree and his spirit returns as a singing bird who wreaks vengeance before being restored to life with his family. Three performances of our first Spotlight Opera of 2017, in Burg Theatre, March 3-5: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets ($12) from 405.208.5227 or www.okcu.edu/tickets. Music: Philip Glass and Robert Moran Libretto: Robert Moran What the critics say: The two composers’ styles dovetail remarkably well — Moran waxing more angular and illustrative, Glass supplying his patented arpeggiated fantasias, like Janácek ostinatos blissing out on peyote — to form a score perhaps not riveting but attractive and touching. — The Collegiate Chorale Karen Coe Miller, Director Rebekah Parker, Music Director