On the morning of All Saints' Day in 1755, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Iberia and Morocco, causing regional destruction and decimating Lisbon, the capital city of the wealthy global Portuguese empire. Considered the world's first global news event, word quickly spread, horrifying Europeans and inspiring such works as Voltaire's "Candide" and Telemann's "Donner-Ode". Terremoto! will tell the story of the quake and its aftermath, featuring readings from contemporaneous sources interspersed among music from 18th-century Portugal, much of which has never before been performed in the US. Music for orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists by Teixeira, Almeida, Scarlatti, Rameau, Telemann, and more.
As always there will be $5 student tickets available at the door, and K-12 students are free with parent/guardian admission.
A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door at both programs;
patrons are asked simply to offer us what they are able, with no questions asked and no judgment passed.
We believe the arts are our collective cultural heritage and should be available to all regardless of financial means.
Please feel free to join us 30 minutes before the show for an informal talk by the artistic director about the program.