Opera and the Jazz Age

Friday - Saturday, February 10 - 11 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL


ARTWORK BY AMANDA R. WILSON

In the tumultuous and raucous years wedged between the two world wars, music took on new harmonies, haunting melodies and captivating rhythms. Students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this tribute to opera born out of the Jazz Age is your opportunity to see an incredibly talented core of future stars perform selections from Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (1928) and Street Scene (1947) including “Wouldn’t You Like to Be on Broadway?” and “I Got a Marble and a Star,” Cole Porter songs like “It’s De-Lovely,” and tunes from George Gershwin’s one-act jazz opera, Blue Monday (1922), Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat (1936), and other favorites.


HIGHLIGHTS


  • The female a cappella quintet Nobuntu will perform traditional Zimbabwean songs, Afro-jazz, and gospel music!



  • Catalyst Quartet will be "nothing short of fantastic." (Lincoln Journal Star)



  • "Rock stars of the percussion world," So Percussion is pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture.