Chattanooga Now 'Orpheus and Euridice': Greek tagedy presented in song cycle at UTC

Chattanooga Now 'Orpheus and Euridice': Greek tagedy presented in song cycle at UTC

September 21st, 2012 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art


• What: "Orpheus and Euridice."

• When: 7:30 p.m. today.

• Where: UTC's Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St.

• Admission: Free.

• Phone: 423-425-4630.

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"Orpheus and Euridice," a Greek tale of true love and irrevocable loss, told in a song cycle, will be presented tonight in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Written by Ricky Ian Gordon, the production features musicians Tim Hinck, Sara Snider Schone and Nikolasa Tejero, with dance performances by Cayce Gearrin and Cinnamon Smith.

It is produced by UTC's departments of Music and Theatre & Speech in collaboration with Theater for the New South.

According to Dr. Tejero, clarinetist and project head, "Orpheus and Euridice" combines music, dance and stage to heighten the dramatic elements of the hero's journey. These new elements, she said, "bring the narrative to life."

Blake Harris, the show's stage director and resident director for Theater for the New South, says the show will play on the concept of forgotten classics, mixing avant-garde staging and design, modern chamber music and Greek myth.

Audiences will enter the theater and find an almost bare stage, Harris said.

The few items onstage are "seemingly left behind," he said. "Playing with the idea of a forgotten art and the power of imagination, these objects take on a life of their own and create a new mysterious world."

Designers Gaye Jeffers and Alex Miller-Long also contribute to the production.