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November 29, 2017

Arts Roundup: Monstrosity, an epic play; Opera Workshop: Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilleges — and Carolfest

This week in the arts, watch The School of Drama undergraduates perform an epic tale, see voice students in a one-act opera, sit in on a pre-concert lecture with the the Dean of Humanities Michael Shapiro, listen to six choral ensembles at Carolfest, and hear the Montrose Trio at their Meany Center debut.


November 28 – December 10 | Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater

When Tierney and Patrick’s resistance-leading parents are murdered, the siblings are conscripted into a teenage fascist training camp run by their parents’ killer. The camp’s leader would like nothing better than to prove the virtue of his worldview by grooming the uniquely gifted Tierney as his successor. His daughter Sarah, however, is bent on subverting his plan, trying instead to draw Tierney into her effort to construct a more peaceful, loving social order within their war torn reality. Epic, disturbing, fantastical, massive, and meaty, “Monstrosity” is a retelling of the hero’s tale where girls are the heroes, youth are the powerful, and a pair of magical, bicycle-riding twins whisper at our deepest, darkest impulses.

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Opera Workshop: Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilleges

7:30 p.m, December 2 | Brechemin Auditorium

UW Music faculty Stephen Stubbs and Cyndia Sieden are musical directors for this performance of Ravel’s one-act opera, performed by UW voice students. The performance includes 20th Century arias and scenes from England and France.

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Professor Robin McCabe produces the Intersections seriesSteve Korn

Intersections pre-concert lecture: Michael Shapiro, UW Dean of Humanities

4:00 p.m, December 3 | Brechemin Auditorium

Piano Professor Robin McCabe produces this quarterly series highlighting inspired intersections in the arts. The fall quarter performance features UW music students performing works by Granados, Takemitsu, Carpenter, Rachmanonoff, Debussy, and Telemann as well as a pre-concert lecture by UW humanities professor Michael Shapiro.

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Carol Fest


7:30 p.m., December 6 | Meany Theater

This popular annual program by the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, University Singers, Women’s Choir, Gospel Choir, and UW Men’s Glee Club features seven conductors, six choral ensembles, five hundred singers, four graduate conductors, three choral faculty, two hours of great music, and one impressive grand finale.



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Montrose Trio

Montrose Trio

7:30 p.m., December 9 | Meany Theater

When the Tokyo String Quartet retired in 2013, two of its members — violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith — found a new partner: pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The newly formed Montrose Trio quickly earned a reputation for “absolutely top-notch musicmaking” (“The Washington Post”), infusing their decades-long experience with the spark of a new collaboration. They make their Meany Center debut as a trio with a program that explores the whimsy of Haydn, the robust romanticism of Brahms and the colorful world of Shostakovich.

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