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Sugar Creek Symphony & Song is pleased to announce the Mainstage production for our 2013 season is the American opera, Cold Sassy Tree, composed by Carlisle Floyd.
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.
Performed in English, Cold Sassy Tree is an opera for all people and all ages. This was Mr. Floyd’s first comedic opera. The music is beautiful and melodic. The story is filled with romance, scandal, and vivid, rich characters.
Cold Sassy Tree is set in the fictional town of Cold Sassy, Georgia and adapted from the 1984 best-selling novel of the same name. It is the story of a hardheaded old widower, Ruker Lattimore, who scandalizes the inhabitants of his turn-of-the-century Georgia town by marrying Miss Love Simpson, a young employee in his general store, just three weeks after the death of his first wife.
Cold Sassy Tree is about American attitudes, characters and the joy of language with underlying themes of the amazing capacity for change and growth humans possess and the healing, transforming power of love. Reviewers agree that the music is about expressive clarity, lyricism and the value of song.
Carlisle Floyd is one of the foremost composers and librettists of opera in the United States today. The world premiere of Cold Sassy Tree was on April 14, 2000 at the Houston Grand Opera. This was Mr. Floyd’s tenth opera and his first comic opera. Mr. Floyd was among the first class of National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honorees in 2008.
Starring: Kyle Albertson, Helen Todd, Daniel Shirley, Rochelle Bard, Julia Snowden, Cindy Sadler
Joe Mechavich (conductor), and Jeffrey Buchman (stage director)
Cold Sassy Tree
Insight into the Opera
General Director, Helen Todd and three other members of the talented cast discussed the 2012 festival on the July 30, 2012 episode of Live and Local with Kevin Kelly, WILL 90.9 FM in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
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