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Music of Remembrances Premieres of New Music at Presidio Theatre

Sunday, May 22, 2022
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Event Type:
Presidio Theatre on the Main Post
Location Details:
Presidio Theatre on the Main Post
99 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

Music of Remembrance returns to San Francisco for a performance at its new Bay Area home, the Presidio Theatre. The concert features the California premiere of Tres minutos, a compelling new opera by composer Nicolas Benavides and librettist Marella Martin Koch. The May 22 Presidio Theatre program also features California premieres of works by Shinji Eshima and Sahba Aminikia.

Tres minutos explores the intimate human dimensions of an urgent issue for our time. It tells the story of Nila and Diego, a sister and brother who share family bonds, but not citizenship. Allowed a brief supervised reunion at the border that separates them, they wrestle with questions of identity, duty and belonging. The work is a timely reminder that beyond the arguments about immigration policy are actual people with real lives, deep emotions and complicated relationships. Starring soprano Vanessa Isiguen and baritone Jose Rubio in a production conceived and directed by Erich Parce and conducted by the composer.

The concert pairs Tres minutos with two other recent works commissioned by Music of Remembrance from Bay Area composers to address urgent human rights questions. Shinji Eshima's Veritas draws on vivid imagery of sculptures by Al Farrow to make an eloquent statement about the frightful consequences of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and religious intolerance of all kinds. Stormy Seas by Sahba Aminikia tells five inspiring true stories of young people who braved the peril of setting sail in search of safe shores: from Nazi Germany; from communist Cuba; from war-torn Vietnam; from Taliban-dominated Afghanistan; from an orphanage in Ivory Coast. The work is a testament to hope and courage, and an appeal to our shared humanity. MOR's instrumental ensemble will be joined by the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.

Added to the calendar on Sat, Apr 23, 2022 12:44PM
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