MOR Comes to Chicago - Matinee

MOR Comes to Chicago - Matinee

May 28, 2023 - 3:00 pm

An Exciting Double Bill from Composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Gene Scheer

The acclaimed creative team of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer has paired two richly emotional portraits of real people – and their responses to circumstances that defy comprehension. Another Sunrise, starring soprano Caitlin Lynch, is an intimate portrait of one Auschwitz survivor’s struggle to find words capable of describing her harrowing experiences to those who weren’t there. In For a Look or a Touch, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and actor Curt Branom portray two idealistic young lovers torn apart under Nazi rule. This compelling double bill highlights the redemptive power of memory, helping us appreciate those touched by the Holocaust in all their complicated humanity.

MOR’s stellar instrumental ensemble, drawn from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, features flutist Demarre McGill, clarinetist Laura DeLuca, violinist Mikhail Shmidt, cellist Walter Gray, double bassist Jonathan Green, and pianist Jessica Choe. Both operas are directed by Erich Parce and conducted by Joseph Mechavich.

Composer Jake Heggie: “The journey I’ve been able to take with MOR has forever touched and changed me as a composer. Being able to explore and tell important, often surprising stories of Holocaust survival, remembrance and legacy in this powerful way has affected every aspect of my work as an artist and human being.”