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Young Caesar
Lou Harrison
Robert Gordon
Nicole Paiement (Artistic Director/Conductor)
Brian Staufenbiel (Director)
Lawrence Pech (Choreographer)
Musicians from Ensemble Parallele and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
John Duykers (Narrator)
Eleazar Rodriquez (Caesar)
Eugene Brancoveanu (Nicomedes)
Sheila Willey (Cornelia)
Wendy Hillhouse (Aunt Julia)
February 16, 2007
Originally conceived as a puppet opera, Young Caesar explores the early life of Julius Caesar and his historical meeting, and subsequent love affair, with King Nicomedes of Bithynia. East meets West in this unique project inspired in large part by the composer's years studying Chinese opera. On what would have been the composer's 90th birthday, Young Caesar was performed for the first time in its final version on February 16 and 17, 2007. This is the definitive production of a work Harrison revised for over 20 years, and whose many final revisions were edited before his death in close collaboration with conductor Nicole Paiement.
Caesar (t)
Narrator (low bar)
Julia (low a)
Cornelia (s)
Nicomedes (bar)
Physician (t/bar)
6 spoken parts
The `Young Caesar' that nobody knows - Los Angeles Times 2/19/2007
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fl (pic,ten rec), ob (Eh) - tpt - 5 perc, 2 hp (2nd may be Troub), org, tack pf - cel, vln, vla, vc.
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