The Floating Opera Company opens its 2017/18 season with "War and Peace," a multi-media production in four parts that tells the narrative of American soldiers leaving for war and returning to a world they no longer understands.
"War and Peace" honors the centenary of the United States’ entry into the Great War on April 6, 1917. The production, conceptualized by Floating Opera’s Artistic Director Daniel Grambow, is a composite opera comprised of important works from wartime eras by Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, Irving Berlin, and Spike Jones, and highlights “forgotten” composers, such as Ernest Farrar, Patrick Hadley, and Pierre Vellones. Projections, sound design, and animation enhance the experience.
Terry Marc Henderson III conducts and Daniel Grambow directs the Floating Opera Ensemble, comprised of Chicago-based vocalists and instrumentalists.
There will be a pre-concert entertainment starting at 2 PM and 7 PM, respectively, where opera goers can immerse themselves in the world of pre-war America.
(Please note, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Temple and Veterans Association. This program will also be presented as part of Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church’s spring showcase on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door.)