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April 28: The Creative Process for a Georgia O’Keeffe/Alfred Stieglitz Chamber Opera

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium, Burchfield Penney Art Center, 7pm

Tickets required (call 716-878-6011 during gallery hours): UB and Buffalo State Students and Faculty free; BPAC members $5; non-members $10.

Laura Kaminsky, photo courtesy of the artist

Following a screening of excerpts from some of her other chamber operas, composer Laura Kaminsky will discuss Today It Rains that she is composing with librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. 

The work-in-process was co-commissioned by San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle and Brooklyn’s American Opera Projects for 2018–19. Today It Rains is set in May 1929, when artist Georgia O'Keeffe propels herself, literally and figuratively, away from her tumultuous relationship with Alfred Stieglitz—her husband, photographer, and gallerist—in search of a more fulfilling life in New Mexico. Kaminsky will discuss her current strategies for scoring the libretto. The presentation includes images of Rebecca Allan’s artworks created through their mutual research and inspiration from the Southwestern landscape.

Rebecca Allan, photo courtesy of the artist

This event is part of a three-day multi-media residency by composer Kaminsky and visual artist Rebecca Allan entitled, The Inspiration Between Music and Art, April 27- 29, 2017. The residency is being held in conjunction with the Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West traveling exhibition which is on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center thru May 28, 2017Writer, social activist, and arts aficionado, Mabel Dodge Luhan was renowned for her influence in building communities, supporting artists, and generating a voice for modern art forms. To pass on that spirit to emerging learners, Kaminsky and Allan’s residency is designed to forge creative exchanges between artists and students.

Infant Stream Near Wappinger Creek, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 56 x 54 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.