WEDS@7 kallisti Presents Chamber Opera

WEDS@7 kallisti Presents Chamber Opera
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
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kallisti presents an evening of one-act operas

kallisti will premiere its eighth chamber opera on May 10, 2017 as part of the Department of Music's Wednesdays@7 concert series. The double bill will feature performances of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and two short works by American minimalist composer Tom Johnson.

Since its formation in 2009, kallisti has regularly presented chamber operas and vocal chamber music performances. Housed at UC San Diego, kallisti is led by Artistic Director Susan Narucki and features current Department of Music graduate students working in collaboration with distinguished guest artists.

Written in 1958 to a libretto by Jeau Cocteau, La Voix Humaine focuses on the final phone call that marks the end of a relationship. Set for solo soprano, the 40-minute work is a detailed psychological portrait that includes music of heartbreaking beauty. The kallisti production features Hillary Jean Young and pianist Kyle Adam Blair. Narucki directs, with assistance from Celeste Oram.

In Johnson's two absurd, comedic miniatures Dryer and Drawers, unnamed characters attempt to communicate with each other while performing simple tasks. Hindered by the musical processes of repetition and gradual growth, their humorous interactions offer a glimpse into a farcical world governed by mechanized order. Graduate student and baritone Jonathan Nussman directs both pieces and takes the lead in Dryer alongside soprano Lauren Jones, while soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest performs Drawers. Pianist Ran Duan provides musical accompaniment for both Johnson pieces. Both works feature lighting design by Jessica C. Flores and costume design by Annie Le.

Additional performances will be held in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater on May 12 and 13, both at 7 p.m.

Concert Program (PDF)

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