Saturday, November 19, 2011

Selection Reminder: Philip Glass' Satyagraha!

Posted By on Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
  • Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, Nov. 19Satyagraha

An opera about human dignity? It’s a bit of a departure for a genre littered with crazy women, dying women, dancing women, adulterous women and goddesses. But Philip Glass’ Satyagraha is part of his trilogy of operas about men who changed the world (the best-known one being Einstein on the Beach) – telling, in Sanskrit, the story of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. The opera is as much a theatrical event as a musical one, staged in a solemn, ritualistic pageant of enormous moving set pieces, aerialists and huge hand-manipulated puppets; the score is poised between Glass’ two modes, balanced precisely between his earlier mathy minimalism and the later, more traditional orchestral works. Fathom will broadcast this Metropolitan Opera performance live, with an encore broadcast Dec. 7. This is a rare avant-garde moment for Fathom’s Central Florida programming; they generally stick with the safe classics for this area. Don’t let it slip past. – Jessica Bryce Young (12:55 p.m. at various theaters; $24; fathomevents.com)

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