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Songs of Francis Poulenc: An Evening of Opera
Wednesday, April 10
Museum Members $25; Public $35 Buy tickets
Experience the revival of a popular Gilded Age pastime during this operatic performance in the Driehaus Museum’s period ballroom.
During the 19th century, when both opera and French culture were adopted en masse by the newly wealthy American elite, Samuel M. Nickerson’s cousin Uranus S. Crosby commissioned Chicago’s first opera house. Until the Great Fire of 1871, it stood on the north side of Washington Street between State and Dearborn in downtown Chicago.
This spring, the Museum is pleased to pay homage to Mr. Crosby with a performance of original works by Parisian composer Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (1899–1963). Poulenc’s songs, as well as the Gilded Age pastime of enjoying live opera, are brought to life by members of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and Chicago Opera Theater’s joint Professional Diploma in Opera Program, with its director, Scott Gilmore.
Seating for the program begins at 5:30 p.m., with guests able to explore the Museum prior to the start of the performance.
About the Performers
The Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) of Roosevelt University is a world-class performing arts college that offers gifted students professional training at its prestigious Music Conservatory and Theatre Conservatory. Honoring its roots as one of the earliest conservatories founded in the United States, nearly 500 students – from more than 40 states and 25 countries – come together to form this unique community devoted to excellence in the performing arts.
This program features the following CCPA performers: Catheryne Shuman, soprano; Catherine Spitzer, soprano; Megan Williams, soprano; Louise Rogan, mezzo-soprano; Drew Ladd, tenor; Loren Battieste, baritone; Matthan Ring Black, baritone; Sarah Jenks, piano; and Scott Gilmore, piano. These members of the Professional Diploma in Opera Program at Chicago Opera Theater (COT) young artists, receiving their tuition at CCPA and performing with COT, with Mr. Gilmore heading the prestigious program.
Image: Francis Poulenc. Photograph courtesy of the CCPA.
Please note that in exchange for your reservation and/or ticket, you have authorized the Driehaus Museum to photograph, record, film, video tape, or otherwise use your likeness, performance, image, and/or voice for use in general and/or program-related Driehaus Museum promotional materials. If for any reason, you do not wish to be photographed, please provide your name(s) at registration that evening.
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