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Jan. 20: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Stages Kurt Weill's American Opera, "Street Scene," Jan. 22-25


Kristi Ries                            

Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon School of Music Stages Kurt Weill's
American Opera, "Street Scene," Jan. 22-25

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music presents the American opera "Street Scene" with musical director Robert Page and stage director Gregory Lehane, Jan. 22-25 in the Purnell Center's Philip Chosky Theater. Page is the Paul Mellon University Professor of Music and director of Choral & Opera Studies at Carnegie Mellon, and Lehane is a professor of drama. Performances run nightly at 8 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Jan. 25.
In an era of economic downturns, financial crises and an ever-changing cultural landscape, Kurt Weill's Street Scene hits a very modern chord. Based on the Elmer Rice play, the drama unfolds in a Greenwich Village three-story brownstone tenement building.
Weill's version combines the soaring melodies of opera with the energy of Broadway, highlighting poignant individual stories set within a background of 1930s New York. Legendary Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes penned the lyrics.
Page is excited to present the production to the campus and the community. "It's one of the major 20th century creations for the musical stage," Page said. "Our talented vocal performance students have really captured the essence of 'Street Scene,' which communicates powerful messages about the complicated nature of everyday life and personal relationships."
This production of "Street Scene" is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc. in New York City. General admission is $15, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. For tickets, call the School of Drama Box Office at 412-268-2407.
Carnegie Mellon's School of Music educates outstanding, intellectually gifted musicians through excellence in performance, creativity, scholarship and pedagogy. The School of Music offers undergraduate degrees in music composition and instrumental, vocal and keyboard performance. Graduate degrees are offered in composition, conducting and performance, and music education. The school also offers a variety of highly acclaimed non-degree programs, such as the Performance Residency Program, the Artist Diploma Program and the Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Piano Pedagogy, Advanced Flute Studies, Orff Schulwerk and Music Education certificate programs.