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08/07/2017

James Joyce-Inspired Opera Premieres for One Night Only on Winthrop Campus

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 The opera will have its free premiere for one night only on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. in Johnson Studio Theatre.
 Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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Leonard Mark Lewis

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — The phrase “here today, gone tomorrow” applies perfectly to “Wake-Lucia: A Joycean Operatic Rite,” the first opera written by Winthrop University Associate Professor of Music Leonard Mark Lewis.

The opera will have its free premiere for one night only on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. in Johnson Studio Theatre. Harvest Hill Productions will produce the opera, with support from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the Charlotte Symphony. Then, the musicians will record the opera for Albany Records, based out of New York.

Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

The dance-opera, “Wake-Lucia: A Joycean Operatic Rite,” explores the complicated relationship between prolific author James Joyce and his brilliant daughter Lucia, taking inspiration from Joyce’s multiple works as well as recent scholarship about Lucia and her artistic endeavors.

Director Kelvin Chan described the 30-minute performance as a “fantastical dreamscape, a place where sound, body, voice and text are entangled and unwoven again.” With a libretto written by Chan, Lewis’ score provides the poignant and powerful backdrop to a world in which Lucia forges her own self-identity. Kathy Lawson serves as choreographer and plays the role of Lucia, while UNC-Charlotte’s tenor Brian Arreola portrays James Joyce.

Lewis holds degrees from the University of Houston and University of Texas-Austin. He’s received composing awards from ASCAP, B.M.I., Voices of Chance, Columbia University and more. His previous compositions have been commissioned and performed by many ensembles, including the Charlotte Civic Symphony, the Hyperion Ensemble, the North/South Consonance, the Truman State Orchestra and more.

For more information, contact Lewis at 803/323-4615 or lewism@winthrop.edu.


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