Frost Opera Theater presents ‘Strawberry Fields’ and ‘Ballymore, Part 1: Winners’

April 15, 2010 — April 18, 2010 @ 7:00 PM
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami

Frost Opera Theater at the University of Miami concludes its 2009-2010 season with the South Florida premieres of two one-act operas:

Strawberry Fields by Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney, and Ballymore, Part 1: Winners by Richard Wargo.

Lauded by international press and an Emmy Award nominee for its PBS Great Performances broadcast, Strawberry Fields draws together memorable characters surrounding an elegant, aging woman who perceives life in Central Park as a visit to the opera. While there, she shares her love for Verdi with a Columbia University student who, in turn, teaches her about John Lennon.

Ballymore, Part 1: Winners is based on a play by Ireland’s premiere dramatist Brian Friel. It relates the events of a fateful day in the lives of two teenagers engaged to be married in the town of Ballymore, Ireland.

This production marks a debut collaboration between Frost Opera Theater and the University of Miami School of Architecture. Projection Design is by Laurie Olinder of America’s visionary theater collaborative Ridge Theater. Frost Opera Theater will be joined in these performances by the Frost Symphony Orchestra.

A pre-concert talk on brain aging and memory, a central issue in Strawberry Fields, will be given by Daniel R. George, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at the Penn State University College of Medicine. These talks will take place in Gusman Concert Hall one hour before the performances on April 16 and 17.

The concert will be held at University of Miami Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive on Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m.

General admission tickets are $20; seniors are $10; and $5 for UM students/faculty/staff.

For more information on this concert and others or ticket reservations, call 305-284-4886.

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