Oct. 19, 2005
CUA to Stage “
The CUA production of “
The music school also will stage performances of “Regina” Oct. 28 and 29. Kate Tamarkin will conduct the Oct. 27 and 28 performances; Adam Turner will conduct the Oct. 29 performance. The opera in three acts, with a libretto drawn from Lillian Hellman’s play “The Little Foxes,” chronicles a Southern family in the 1900s ripped apart by greed. The music is distinctly American, encompassing spirituals, ragtime and blues.
“Marc Blitzstein was unique for his time, balanced between Leonard Bernstein and the [Stephen] Sondheim school that would officially emerge 15 years later,” says Murry Sidlin, dean of the CUA music school.
“It is music theater, opera and cabaret juxtaposed and
synthesized,” Sidlin adds. “Had he lived into his musical
maturity, Blitzstein probably would have had three Broadway shows and
two operas at
Blitzstein’s musical career was cut short when he died
tragically at the age of 58 in
In addition to the CUA performance of “
“This is a great opportunity for our students to hear presentations by many of the finest music scholars in the world,” says Grayson Wagstaff, CUA associate professor of music. “The students will also get to see how such large conferences are run.”
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Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is the only university music school in the
Washington, D.C., area. The music school offers both undergraduate and graduate
programs of study in performance of instrumental music (including chamber music
and orchestral studies), piano, voice (including choral music and opera), composition
and theory, musicology, conducting, musical theater, music education, voice and
piano pedagogy. New programs include the
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