June 8, 1995
Vol. 14, No. 19

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    Saxophonist Douglas Ewart, one of the subjects of artist Stan Douglas' video Hors-Champs, will perform at the opening of the second segment of the Renaissance Society's current exhibition, "Stan Douglas: Hors-Champs and Evening," which features that video. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 11, in the society's Bergman Gallery, on the fourth floor of Cobb Hall.

    Hors-Champs explores the relationship between European audiences and the American expatriate jazz community of the 1960s. Ewart, a former Chicagoan, was an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music, an organization whose members gained recognition in Europe in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    "When Hors-Champs was screened at Documenta IX in 1992, it established Stan Douglas as a premier artist of our time," said Susanne Ghez, Director of the Renaissance Society. "We're privileged to be showing it here, and to have one of the musicians featured in the video perform at the opening makes this a very special occasion."

    Tickets to the concert are $5, $3 for students, or free for members of the Renaissance Society. For gallery hours, see Continuing. For more information, call 702-8670. Summer opera to begin in July Three weekends of staged opera with full orchestra accompaniment will be offered in Hutchinson Courtyard during Summer Opera Festival '95, presented by the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Department of Music.

    A series of three programs will be featured in July and August. All of the programs will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

    The first show, Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, will be performed on July 14 and 15 by the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, with stage direction by Michael Kotze and musical direction by Antoinette Arnold.

    A "Gershwin gala" -- featuring professional soloists, the Summer Opera Chorus and the University Symphony Orchestra -- will be presented on July 21 and 22. Conducted by Summer Opera Festival artistic director Barbara Schubert, the show will feature Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and a semi-staged version of major excerpts from Porgy and Bess, along with Copland's "An Outdoor Overture" and other short selections.

    The festival will conclude on Aug. 4 and 5 with a double bill of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi -- two fully staged, one-act comic operas presented in English by the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, the professional-development program of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The performances will be accompanied by the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, directed by Barbara Schubert.

    Tickets for each performance are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, with a $4 discount for students. Series discounts are available. In case of rain, the performances will be held in Mandel Hall. To order tickets, call 702-8069. UT returns to Hutchinson Courtyard with Twelfth Night University Theater returns to Hutchinson Courtyard this summer with a vibrant production of Shakespeare's comedy of love and madness Twelfth Night, to be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. The revelry will begin one hour before show time with a Renaissance spectacle for all ages that will include musicians, jugglers and commedia dell'arte improvisers.

    Directed by Shana Bestock, a fourth-year student in the College, Twelfth Night celebrates the enjoyment of life and the irresistibility of love and passion -- complete with mistaken identities, unrequited passion, lords, ladies and fools.

    Tickets are $8 for regular seating, $5 for lawn seats, and $25 for sponsor seating. For group rates or to charge by phone, call University Theater at 702-3414 (Visa and Mastercard accepted). Tickets also will be available at the door. The rain location is Mandel Hall.