Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice
directed by Brian Letchworth
Completed in 2001, Ricky Ian Gordon's hour-long song cycle "Orpheus and Euridice" is the most recent interpretation of the Orphic myth by a major composer. The text, which he wrote himself, is at once timeless and highly personal. The music is epic in scope while still maintaining the blend of modern art music and popular musical theatre for which Mr. Gordon is so well-known. In his setting of the tale, told by the soprano as she recounts a dream she had, Orpheus is represented by the clarinet, who speaks in music through his instrument. Labeled by the composer as a dramatic song cycle, "Orpheus and Euridice" was intended to be presented not only through music, but also through movement and stagecraft.
6/2/2011 at 8:00pm