DePauw Opera presents Street Scene
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Langston Hughes
Directed by Joachim Schamberger
Music direction by Orcenith Smith
Thurs.–Sat., Feb. 9–11 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12 | 2 p.m.
Based on Elmer Rice’s 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning play and set to music in 1946, Kurt Weill’s “Broadway opera” about immigration paints a slice-of-life portrait of the occupants of a Manhattan East Side tenement on two tumultuous summer days in ’46, as they experience despair, passion and laughter through song, showcasing the composer’s varied musical styles — jazz, opera, show tunes and even Gershwin-styled ideas.
This production is part of the DePauw Interdisciplinary Festival, which includes Music Unwound, a two-week residency by cultural historian Joseph Horowitz that will take place in Greencastle, Indiana, Jan. 11–15 and Feb. 6–11, 2017. For a full schedule of events, including lectures, concerts, roundtables and performances, visit music.depauw.edu/events/interdisciplinary.
Thursday's opening night performance will be followed by a reception in the Great Hall. A talk-back session with director Joachim Schamberger and guest historian Joe Horowitz will be offered after the opera on Friday.
General admission to Street Scene: $10
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.
Music Unwound is supported in part by funding
from the National Endowment for the Humanities.