Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Memphis Commercial Appeal: “Take a peek at Scott Joplin opera 'Treemonisha'” Jan. 8

[Scott Joplin's Treemonisha; Original Cast Recording; Polygram 435709 (1992)]

News in the arts 
By Christopher Blank, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Saturday, January 3, 2009 
Fans of ragtime composer Scott Joplin can get the inside scoop on his legendary opera "Treemonisha," when Opera Memphis hosts a preview party Thursday night. Completed in 1910, Joplin's opera about a young woman overcoming the superstitions of her community disappeared until 1970, when it was produced for the first time.

The preview party anticipates the company's own premiere production at the end of the month. Thursday's preview, at the Clark Opera Memphis Center, will include highlights from the opera sung by the cast. Their performances will also be broadcast live on WKNO-TV Channel 10. A reception with hors d'oeuvres begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 257-3100 [Scott Joplin is profiled at AfriClassical.com]

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