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Produced by Volcano Theatre with Moveable Beast Collective and co-commissioned by Stanford Live 

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In 1911, famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin wrote Treemonisha, the first opera about life post-slavery by a black person. Fusing classical, folk, and gospel, it bore ragtime’s syncopations. Thematically, it was ahead of its time. But nobody would risk producing a black composer’s work, and five years later Joplin was buried in a pauper’s grave and the work was thrown away. Now, reconstructed with new libretto and orchestrations by Leah-Simone Bowen, Treemonisha lives again.


The Saturday, April 25 performance of Treemonisha will be Stanford Live’s Bing Fling, our annual event to thank our generous Bing members. Join or renew your Bing membership to receive complimentary tickets to this event, including a special dinner and reception prior to the performance. Concert-only tickets for April 25 and other dates will also go on sale to the public on May 23.

Acknowledgements

Scott Joplin's Treemonisha was co-commissioned by Stanford Live with support from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission and the Stanford Live Commissions and Programming Fund; National Arts Centre, Canada with support from the National Creation Fund; Washington Performing Arts; the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Cal Performances; and Southbank Centre, London UK. The production has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. The Stanford Live presentation is generously supported by Mary and Clinton Gilliland, the Koret Foundation, and the Stanford Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts.

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Call Box Office: 650.724.2464
WHEN:
VENUE:
Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center

COST:
$42-$84


All prices and programs subject to change.

When the producing team approached me with the idea of developing a new adaptation of Joplin's opera, focusing on strong female leadership and its impact on community, I knew that it would be an important anchor for our season.

 

—Chris Lorway, Executive Director

 

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