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2017 Meet the Makers

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  • March 22-23, May 1-3, June 15 & 17

This spring, The Grapes of Wrath will receive its first full professional staging in a decade. Composer Ricky Ian Gordon (OTSL’s “27”) and librettist Michael Korie (Broadway’s Grey Gardens) have revised this ground-breaking opera significantly for its St. Louis premiere —condensing John Steinbeck’s iconic American novel into a powerful piece of musical drama.

Meet the opera’s creators with this series of panel discussions, film screenings, musical previews, and cocktail parties. Join us for an exploration of Steinbeck’s novel, the evolution of an opera from page to stage, and resonant themes of migration and the American dream in our country today.

Meet the Makers event photos © Eric Woolsey

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Meet the Composer at Preshow Lectures
June 15 & 17

Meet a renowned American composer at Opera Theatre this spring! The Grapes of Wrath composer Ricky Ian Gordon leads free pre-show lectures at the June 15 and 17 performances. Lectures begin one hour before curtain in the Community Music School Auditorium.

PAST EVENTS:

Spotlight on Opera
The Grapes of Wrath
May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63117

Discover unexpected insights with operatic excerpts performed live by OTSL’s nationally renowned Young Artists.

Featuring composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie.

The Grapes of Wrath
Film Screening at Missouri History Museum

May 2 at 2 p.m.
Missouri History Museum
AT&T Foundation Mutlipurpose Room
Forest Park, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

Featuring composer Ricky Ian Gordon.
The film will last approximately 2 hours and 9 minutes.

The Grapes of Wrath
Film Screening at Webster University

March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium

Featuring guest speaker Cliff Froehlich,
Executive Director of
Cinema St. Louis

 

The Grapes of Wrath
Film Screening at Webster University

March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium

Featuring guest speaker Cliff Froehlich,
Executive Director of
Cinema St. Louis

The Music of Ricky Ian Gordon
March 22 at 6:00 p.m.
St. Louis Jewish Community Center

Featuring a performance by members of the 
Gesher Music Festival.

Young Professionals Cocktail Reception
March 24 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
St. Louis Fashion Fund 

Hosted by Opera Theatre's Young Friends at the newly opened
Saint Louis Fashion Fund Incubator, featuring composor Ricky Ian Gordon.