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WHAT:             Opera: CUA to Present ‘The Tender Land’


WHEN:             Thursday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 13 – 8 p.m.

 Sunday, Nov. 14 – 2 p.m.


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

                        Ward Recital Hall          

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         The CUA Opera Theatre will present music school Dean Murry Sidlin’s chamber ensemble version of Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land.” Arranged at the request of the late composer, Sidlin’s version is for 13 instruments rather than a full orchestra as written by Copland. “The Tender Land,” a folk opera set on the western prairie during the Depression, reflects Copland’s interest in rural America and the problems of young people. The opera tells the story of Laurie, her mother, Ma Moss, and the two drifters who enter their lives. Sidlin recorded his chamber arrangement of “The Tender Land,” featuring the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, with Koch International in 1999.


Kate Tamarkin, conductor of the CUA Orchestra, is music director of the production; Michael Scarola is director. CUA graduate students Adam Turner and Stephen Czarkowski will conduct selected performances. Scarola has directed “The Tender Land” at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Calif., as well as numerous other operas with companies around the United States.


Tickets are $5 to $20; call 202-319-5416 to for tickets or more information.


SPONSOR:       Benjamin T. Rome School of Music


MEDIA:             To cover the event, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600. 




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