The performing artists of Wyoming Seminary will present a seldom-performed children's opera from the World War II era in Czechoslovakia.
The Wyoming Seminary Chorale and Madrigal Singers, String Ensemble and Orchestra will present their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Sem's Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. The concert is free and open to the public. Selections include "We Are One" by Allen Pote, "The Road Not Taken" by Randall Thompson, and "Anthem for Peace" by Mack Wilberg.
This year the Chorale and Madrigal Singers, String Ensemble and Orchestra, Drama Department, and select members of the Lower School Choir will come together in an unprecedented collaborative effort to perform "Brundibar."
"Brundibar" is a children's opera that was composed in 1938 by Hans Krasa, with lyrics by Adolf Hoffmeister. Originally composed for a children's opera competition, "Brundibar" premiered in German-occupied Prague before the score was smuggled into the Terezin concentration camp where it was performed 55 times during World War II.
The Czechoslovakian opera, which will be performed in English, tells the tale of two children, Aninka and Pepicek, who must go out and find milk for their sick mother, although they have no money to pay for it.
The children battle against the evil organ-grinder Brundibar with the help of a sparrow, a cat, and a dog to come to the aid of their ailing mother. In the end, hope and justice prevail in this timeless tale of good versus evil.
The concert is part of the Wyoming Seminary 2016-2017 performing arts schedule. For more information call 570-270-2190.