Sunday, May 21, 2023 @ 4:00pm – 6:00pm (PDT)
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, United States
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$50-$65 (students $15 w/ code STUDENT15)

Music by Jake Heggie / Libretto by Gene Scheer / An Exciting Double Bill

The acclaimed creative team of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer has paired two richly emotional portraits of real people – and their responses to circumstances that defy comprehension. Another Sunrise, starring soprano Caitlin Lynch, is an intimate portrait of one Auschwitz survivor's struggle to find words capable of describing her harrowing experiences to those who weren't there. In For a Look or a Touch, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and actor Curt Branom portray two idealistic young lovers torn apart under Nazi rule.

This compelling double bill highlights the redemptive power of memory, helping us appreciate those touched by the Holocaust in all their complicated humanity.

MOR's stellar instrumental ensemble, drawn from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, features flutist Demarre McGill, clarinetist Laura DeLuca, violinist Mikhail Shmidt, cellist Walter Gray, double bassist Jonathan Green, and pianist Jessica Choe. Both operas are directed by Erich Parce and conducted by Joseph Mechavich.

"The journey I’ve been able to take with MOR has forever touched and changed me as a composer. Being able to explore and tell important, often surprising stories of Holocaust survival, remembrance, and legacy in this powerful way has affected every aspect of my work as an artist and human being." ~ Composer Jake Heggie

About Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone

About Demarre McGill, flute

One of the world’s leading flutists, Demarre serves as Principal Flute of the award-winning Seattle Symphony as well as Associate Professor of Flute, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His many appearances span the continent and include concerto, recital, chamber festival, and National Flute Society Featured-Artist engagements.

As an educator, Demarre has performed, coached, and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea, Japan, Quebec, and throughout the United States; appeared as speaker and performer at the 2018 League of American Orchestras Conference with his brother, clarinetist Anthony McGill; and has served on the faculties of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, the National Orchestral Institute (NOI) at the University of Maryland, the Orford Music Festival, and Summerfests at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Mr. McGill is a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School.