This is just a quick post to say that the “North American” premiere of Agamemnon is this coming Saturday. Here are the details:
- Date: 23 August 2008
- Time: 7:30 PM
- Place: Swarthout Auditorium, Murphy Hall, University of Kansas
- Admission: FREE!
While this is the same show that we produced in Greece, transplanting it from an outdoor ancient theatre into a modern indoor space practically turns it into a different production. Still, it should be a good time, so if you’re in the area, so please stop by!
Just for the record, here is the “Composer’s Note” that I wrote for the program:
Creating music for this production was a unique experience. Due to the open nature of a study abroad program, I had little idea what to expect in terms of both performers and available instrumentation. The resulting “potluck” ensemble works surprisingly well, and the combination of a woodwind instrument, a string instrument, and a drum evokes a timeless sound that fits right in with an ancient drama.
Living and working with the cast this summer allowed me to familiarize myself with each of their voices and thus craft the music to fit the ensemble – rather than attempting to make the ensemble fit the music. It was an exercise in compositional versatility and flexibility.
It was also an exercise in haste. Due to the aforementioned uncertainties, I did not write any of the music until we left for Greece, and completed it within a few short weeks after arriving. I wrote whenever and wherever I could – on the plane, at cafes, and even at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Such speed was necessitated and inspired by the group. For a composer, little is more satisfying than rehearsing a new piece mere hours after completion.
Working in close collaboration with Dennis and the cast, we were able to create a highly-unique production. From beginning to end, every note, lyric, and phrase has been designed for the members of this company. Enjoy the show.