Colloquium: Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie (presented in conjunction with Pitt Arts)

Three Upcoming Grapes of Wrath Opera Programs PITT ARTS is pleased to announce three important programs in November 2008 for the Pittsburgh premiere of Pittsburgh Opera’s The Grapes of Wrath. On Tuesday, November 11th from 12-1 PM in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room, PITT ARTS offers a free opera luncheon featuring Ricky Ian Gordon, composer of the opera, Grapes of Wrath and librettist (writer of the text for the score) Michael Korie. Enjoy a free lunch and meet these extraordinary creative talents who took Steinbeck’s classic novel and breathed new life into it with opera. Ricky Ian Gordon will play and sing some of the pieces from the opera. Pitt Music Department Colloquium on the opera, Grapes of Wrath from 4- 5 PM in Room 132 of the Music Building on Friday November 14th. Free. Reception to follow. Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie explore the contemporary relevance of the issues and themes in the Steinbeck novel, such as the foreclosure crisis, economic downturn, and domestic diaspora. Music is the medium for the message: American musical idiom, such as blues and bluegrass is used to bring literary ideas off the page and into this uniquely American opera. Music Building, Room 132, free Reception to follow Pitt Night at the Opera for Grapes of Wrath on Saturday, November 15th. Meet the Opera Lady and the Opera’s General and Artistic Director, Christopher Hahn, and enjoy free desserts and optional free transportation all included in the cost of a cheap seats ticket to the opera for Pitt Night. Celebrate your Pitt Pride and your passion for the opera! All you need to do to reserve your space is head up to the PITT ARTS office at 929 William Pitt Union by Wednesday, November 12th. Cost, depending on seating section runs from $16-$43. For more information about all three of these programs please call 412-624-4498 or visit