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An evening of storytelling, music and nature with excerpts from the new environmental chamber opera by NW composer Justin Ralls
An evening of storytelling, music and nature with excerpts from the new environmental chamber opera by NW composer Justin Ralls
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Hello friends, family, performers, music lovers and philanthropists!

Opera Theater Oregon along with baritone Nicholas Meyer and composer Justin Ralls present a unique recital experience and a preview of an opera that will make it's world premiere in June, 2017. 

THE RECITAL features baritone Nicholas Meyer, who will perform a set of Schubert art songs inspired by nature. Multifaceted tenor Dan Buchanan will then join Nicholas to perform excerpts from the new opera Two Yosemites by Justin Ralls. The talented Kira Whiting will accompany at the piano. Setting to music "the most famous camping trip in history," Two Yosemites recreates the remarkable meeting between President Theodore Roosevelt and famous conservationist John Muir. Woven in with the excerpts will be a unique visual presentation, along with special guests.

WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday September 14th, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the historic Old Church located at 1422 S.W. 11th Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

TICKETS: At-the-door tickets will be sold for $20.00. This Kickstarter campaign is an opportunity for you to reserve your seat at a lower cost and pay for your admission in advance! Please take a look at our varied rewards to the right. 

OUR GOAL for this recital is to bring relevant and enjoyable music to all kinds of listeners as well as to promote and raise money for a full production of "Two Yosemites," scheduled for a world premiere in June, 2017. This means your contribution will go towards more than just the recital but support this groundbreaking project, celebrating our nation's history and shared natural heritage. Our modest budget for this recital is to cover the costs of renting the space, compensating our artists and documenting the event. Any excess funds will go towards the full production premiering in June, 2017. The budget for the June production is an ambitious $25,000 and we are relying on multiple sources of funding, from grants and corporate sponsors to individual donors like you. We have already received over $9,000 in foundational and in-kind support!

THE OPERA sets to music the meeting between President Theodore Roosevelt and conservationist John Muir on their historic, 1903 camping trip in Yosemite National Park. Arguably the most famous camping trip in history, it marked a pivotal moment in the emergent American Conservation movement to save and protect lands and wildlife from the exploitative impulses of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Presented by Opera Theater Oregon, the fully staged world premiere in June 2017 will include several outdoor and indoor performances with orchestra throughout Portland. Learn more about the opera here.  

* Click on the images below to learn more.

THE ARTISTS

 

 www.justinralls.com 

 

               

 http://www.danielbuchanan.net/

 

 THE HISTORICAL FIGURES 

President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Glacier Point, Yosemite
President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Glacier Point, Yosemite

 

  THE VENUE 

The Old Church
The Old Church

 

Risks and challenges

When John Muir set foot in Yosemite for the first time he was, in his own words, "a nameless nobody." A hard-working Scottish immigrant he could have risen to the top of industry or commerce. Instead he devoted his life to immersing himself in the wonders of nature and worked tirelessly to protect the Yosemite and countless other places, overcoming many challenges and set backs. It is in the spirit of Muir that we forge on, against the odds, to independently produce new opera. Many opera companies will not take risks on new works or new talent. Though, like Muir, we have formed a coalition of devoted collaborators and friends that get going when the going gets tough to see that the vision of this project reaches fruition.

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