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The Fine Things of Youth: Words and Music from Willa Cather's Lucy Gayheart

The Fine Things of Youth: Words and Music from Willa Cather's Lucy Gayheart

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:30pm
Temple Theatre Building
12th and R Street
Lincoln, NE

The Fine Things of Youth is a dramatic account of Cather’s great late novel, based upon Cather’s text and the classical song repertory featured in this haunting story of the doomed affair between an impressionable young music student and a charismatic older singer. Drawing on the Schubert lieder that fills the novel, the presentation will use the talents of a dedicated group of artists:

Jill Anderson is an Omaha-based actor, singer, director and producer whose 24-year career has taken her across the United States and includes such roles as Viola in Twelfth Night and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Her Joslyn Castle Literary Festival productions have focused on the Brontes, Oscar Wilde, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Bram Stoker.

Evan Bravos, baritone, is an Illinois native and graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (M.M.). His recent roles include Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Prison Guard (Dead Man Walking) at Central City Opera, where he was Apprentice Artist in the summer of 2014. His recent concert performances include the Fauré Requiem and Copland’s Old American Songs.

Mark Kurtz is a musician and composer and Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Omaha.

David Porter is a scholar, classicist and former president of Skidmore College. An accomplished musician and pianist, he has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and the U.K. He is editor of the scholarly edition of Lucy Gayheart, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.

This event is being presented on the final evening of the 15th International Cather Seminar, which is co-sponsored by the Willa Cather Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Cather Project. Patrons will be recognized in the evening program and will receive a one-year membership to the Willa Cather Foundation.