May 24, 2004
Music Department to stage Broadway opera
By Scott Rappaport
The UCSC Music Department will present Street Scene, a 1947
American opera by composer Kurt Weill, Thursday through Sunday, June
3 to 6, at the Music Center Recital Hall. The annual student opera performance
is part of Student Achievement Week at UCSC.
Street Scene tells the story of a hot summer
night and the following day in a New York apartment building.
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Street Scene is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by
Elmer Rice with book by Elmer Rice, lyrics by Langston Hughes, and music
by Kurt Weill. It is presented through special arrangement with the
Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library in New York.
The UCSC production is directed by music lecturer Brian Staufenbiel
and conducted by music professor Nicole Paiement.
The cast is made up of current UCSC graduate and undergraduate student
singers, recent graduates of the campus music program, and community
members (including longtime Santa Cruz actor Brian Spencer and young
performers Jonathan Gray, a fifth grader at Gateway School in Santa
Cruz, and Luka Primack, a talented young singer who appeared in the
Shakespeare Santa Cruz production, The Wind in the Willows.
Street Scene tells the story of a hot summer night and the following
day in a New York apartment building. The story covers themes of birth,
death, anti-Semitism, Jewish identity, Marxism, political conservatism,
sexism, feminism, sexual morality, ethnic tension, and tolerance.
Reserved seating--$16 general, $12 seniors, $10 students--is available
at the UCSC Ticket Office, (831) 459-2159.
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