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Banff presents Opera in the 21st Century: Silent Light

Violinist for Paola Prestini’s chamber opera, Silent Light

Silent Light is a new Opera based on the film Stellet Licht by Carlos Reygadas. Set within a Mennonite community in northern Mexico, the opera follows a pious husband and father, Johan, who’s strongly held spiritual obligation to his marriage, family, and community is put to the test when he falls in love with another woman from his faith. Silent Light provides a glimpse of a society that is often misunderstood and simplified by people outside of the faith and lifestyle, presenting commonalities of human experience.

Music by Paola Prestini
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Stage Direction, Scenic and Costume Design by Thaddeus Strassberger
Lighting Design by Jason Hand
Foley and Sound Design by Sxip Shirey
Musical Direction by Christopher Rountree

Margaret Greenham Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta, Canada

3 performances; click here for more info.

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7:30 PM19:30

Frequency: Sonata

Frequency (violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim, violist Melia Watras and cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir) presents Sonata, a program examining the venerable chamber music form from different angles as each Frequency member performs a work with keyboard. Lim and Watras perform sonatas by Prokofiev and Clarke with pianist Li-Tan Hsu, while Thorsteinsdóttir and School of Music faculty composer Richard Karpen present a new work by Karpen created for this concert. 
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Gerlich Theater, Meany Center for the Performing Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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7:30 PM19:30

Melia Watras: Schumann Resonances Album Release Celebration

Two days in advance of the official release of her latest album, Schumann Resonances, violist/composer Melia Watras hosts a short celebration, with three special guests from the disc: Richard Karpen (composer), Cuong Vu (trumpet/composer) and Michael Jinsoo Lim (violin).
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Brechemin Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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7:30 PM19:30

Frequency: Dialogues, with guest violinist Yura Lee

Frequency welcomes special guest violinist Yura Lee, recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Lee will perform duos with each member of Frequency, before the trio sets its sights on Ernő Dohnányi’s Serenade. 

Works by Berio, Dohnanyi, Maderna, Ravel and Watras
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Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle

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