April 6, 2004

News at a Glance – April 6, 2004

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U of L Theater Opera to stage ‘The Beggar’sOpera’

A rowdy tale of thievery and vice will be enacted at theMargaret Comstock Concert Hall April 10 at 8 p.m., when Universityof Louisville Opera Theater stages “The Beggar’sOpera.”

Its main character and hero, Captain Macheath, is a high-classthief, bigamist, jailbird and pimp. Action centers on the attemptof Mr. Peachum, a thief-catcher and fence, to have Macheatharrested and executed, only to learn the highwayman has married hisdaughter.

“The Beggar’s Opera” was unique, said MichaelRamach, director of the U of L production, because it was writtenas an anti-opera to the influx of Italian opera during early 18thcentury England.

Gay fought back against that trend by writing English lyrics andusing popular tunes for the music, he said, and in that way,”The Beggar’s Opera” more resembles musicaltheater than grand opera.

University Opera Theater will perform a 1948 adaptation of theGay’s work by Benjamin Britten.

Britten, one of England’s best known classical composersof the 20th century, incorporated much of his own work and styleinto the music. Kimcherie Lloyd, director of orchestral studies atU of L, will conduct.

Tickets for “The Beggar’s Opera” are $10general admission and $5 for seniors and students with a valid ID.They will be available at the door the night of the show.

 

BFA candidates unveil thesis show

The results of lots of studio time and years of classes will beon display April 1-18 as University of Louisville candidates forbachelor of fine arts degrees present their thesis exhibitions.

Eight students in the first group of BFA candidates will behonored at the public opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April1 in the Schneider Hall galleries. The public also is invited toattend the students’ oral defenses of their work April 9 aspart of their BFA degree requirements; for a schedule of thosepresentations, call 852-4483.

The thesis exhibition work is intended to be ambitious,personally expressive and technically accomplished in the area ofthe media concentration, according to information from the Hite ArtInstitute.

The students and their media are: Leigh Bader, drawing; TiffanyEmbry, fiber; Sharon Elizabeth Hill, sculpture; Tiffany Ackerman,Sarah Lasley and Rebecca Norton, painting; and Kevin Flores and AmySeibert, photography.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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