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MOR 25th Milestone Season

Ushering in another quarter-century of

Music that Matters

With pathbreaking world premieres in a season-long celebration with MOR’s stellar artists and world renowned soloists

The breadth of timeless and contemporary themes addressed by MOR includes religious intolerance, the worldwide refugee crisis, the urgency of preventing nuclear war, and the separation of families at our border. MOR tells stories that absolutely must be heard!

– composer Jake Heggie

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Sunday, October 30, 2022 5:00 p.m.

Josephine

A one-act opera by Tom Cipullo

Singer and dancer Josephine Baker escaped racism in America to find fame and success in France as an artist, a French Resistance hero and a civil rights activist.

Guest artist: soprano Laquita Mitchell

Josephine

Wertheim Park

by Lori Laitman

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
- World Premiere -

This haunting song weaves music and poetry together in a deeply moving elegy for the Dutch Jews lost to the Holocaust.

And chamber works by Holocaust-era composers Dick Kattenburg and Erwin Schulhoff.

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Sunday, March 19, 2023 5:00 p.m.

Award-winning mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke joins us in

INTONATIONS: Songs from the Violins of Hope

This unforgettable song cycle was inspired by the collection of lovingly restored instruments that were owned and played by Jews before and during the Holocaust. Through Jake Heggie’s music and Gene Scheer’s lyrics, the songs relate the extraordinary voyages of the violins and their owners.

Also featuring solo violinist Mikhail Shmidt.

 

SPECTRUM DANCE THEATER
The Dybbuk Suite

Donald Byrd’s brilliant choreography brings a new dimension to Joel Engel’s music for the iconic Yiddish play, based on a timeless folk legend that resonates in fresh ways for our world today.

 

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Sunday, May 21, 2023 4:00 p.m.

A new opera by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer!

Don’t miss the world premiere of the compelling new one-act opera we’ve commissioned from this brilliant team. It’s based on a true story discovered and reported by Howard Reich for the Chicago Tribune about an ailing Vietnam war veteran who learns decades later that he is the heir to a priceless art collection stolen by the Nazis. His arduous voyage to Prague in search of this legacy leads him to embrace an identity that had been hidden from him, and through art he discovers a deeper truth in his life.

Starring bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, it will be paired with Heggie and Scheer’s Another Sunrise, an earlier MOR commission. The intense monodrama, starring soprano Caitlin Lynch, is an intimate portrait of an Auschwitz survivor’s struggle to find words capable of describing harrowing, unimaginable situations to people who weren’t there. Together, the two operas are profound tributes to the restorative power of memory.

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Sasha Cooke

 

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Three-Concert Subscription

Oct 30, 2022 5:00 p.m.

  • Josephine A one-act opera by Tom Cipullo
  • Wertheim Park by Lori Laitman

Mar 19, 2023 5:00 p.m.

  • INTONATIONS: Songs from the Violins of Hope
  • The Dybbuk Suite with Spectrum Dance Theater

May 21, 2023 4:00 p.m.

  • A new opera by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer!