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Rappahannock County: New Music Theater Work depicts impact of the Civil War

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Performance dates:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 8:00 pm

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 8:00 pm

McCullough Theatre

Renowned composer Ricky Ian Gordon (creator of the Obie Award-winning Orpheus and Euridice and the acclaimed opera Grapes of Wrath) has composed music for 20 songs with stories and words created by celebrated librettist/lyricist Mark Stephen Campbell (Volpone, Later Same Evening, and Songs from an Unmade Bed). Drawn from diaries, letters, and personal accounts, this fictional song cycle explores war’s impact, from secession to defeat, on a community of Virginians—black and white, rich and poor, soldiers, nurses, widows, and survivors.

This exclusive multi-media event is enhanced by projections of Mathew Brady’s renowned Civil War photography, illustrations, documents, and other moving visuals. It features five principal singers performing more than 30 roles, backed by an orchestra of 17 musicians.

"The personal is political," said Gordon. "The piece brings the sense of a lens closing in on a spectrum of individuals and their feelings around slavery and morality in a profound and poignant way. The cunning libretto by Mark Campbell beautifully shows what everyone has to lose."

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