Noteworthy News

June 9, 2018 8 p.m.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St at Van Ness, SF 94102 (Map)(Tickets)
 

Leonard Bernstein, composer

Leonard Bernstein, composer

Dawn Harms,  Music Director

Dawn Harms,
Music Director

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesDawn Harms, Music Director & Conductor

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesTchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesBernstein – Trouble in Tahiti

 

Renée Rapier, Dinah

Eugene Brancoveanu, Sam

Heidi Moss, soprano

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesBradley Kynard, baritone

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesAndres Ramirez, tenor

 


These events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPart of BARS’ LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series, which strives to redefine perceptions of LGBTQ music and increase awareness of the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of fellow LGBTQ individuals and groups.
 
 
About Trouble in Tahiti:
 
Leonard Bernstein was on his honeymoon in 1951 when he began composing his one-act opera, Trouble in Tahiti, a candid portrait of the troubled marriage of a suburban couple. Written between his biggest Broadway successes — On the Town in 1944 and Candide and West Side Story in 1956 and 1957, respectively — Trouble in Tahiti draws upon popular songs styles to deliver an uncompromising critique of post-war American materialism.
 
The opera begins with a vocal trio singing of idyllic middle-class life in 1950s suburbia. Their close harmonies, jazz rhythms and idealized representation of American life are evocative of radio commercials of the era. Throughout the 45-minute opera, the Trio functions as a contemporary Greek chorus, providing satirical commentary to the drama. The opera focuses in on the domestic conflict of Sam and Dinah, a young couple married for 10 years.

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