WAUKESHA, WIS.— The Carroll University Theatre Arts program and Milwaukee Opera Theatre are in stage two of a three-year collaboration to contribute new work to Eurydice-related repertoire, a tradition spanning more than 400 years. MOT commissioned compositions by Milwaukee-based composers Joel Kenneth Boyd, Joanna H. Kerner and Nathan Wesselowski.
In Greek mythology, Eurydice is the wife of Orpheus, whom he tried to rescue from the underworld with his enchanting music. Hades and Persephone allowed Orpheus to bring her back to the world of the living, but he had to walk in front of her and not look back. Just as they reached daylight, he turned around to gaze on her face, and Eurydice vanished back into the underworld.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, the composers will be joined by singers, actors and instrumentalists for a one-night-only concert in Carroll’s Humphrey Memorial Chapel, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is $20 for premium reserved tickets, $15 general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. Order online at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800.838.3006. Tickets will not be sold by Carroll University.
Concert direction is provided by Maggie Rebers, with accompaniment by clarinetist Jon Lovas and violinist Becky Schultz. The performers include Heidi Boyd, Ruth Brown, Jillian Bruss, Doug Clemons, Julianne Frey, Melissa Gall, Teresa Gracyalny, Joanna Kerner, Jill Anna Ponasik, Nathan Wesselowski and Carroll senior Danny Slattery.
The final installment of “The Eurydice Project” will be an original work co-curated by James Zager, associate professor of theatre arts at Carroll, Philip Krejcarek, chair of Carroll’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Jill Anna Ponasik, artistic director of Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Stage three will transport audiences from the wedding of Eurydice and Orpheus, through their descent into the underworld to a concert at the feet of Hades.
For more information on the Jan. 26 concert, contact Ponasik at 917.684.0512 or visit www.milwaukeeoperatheatre.org.