School of Music

"The Summer King" An Opera on the Life of Josh Gibson

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7:30 PM
Merrill Auditorium, Myrtle Street, Portland
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The Summer King

A Portland Ovations’ commission and world premiere,  “The Summer King” is a new American opera by Maine–based composer Daniel Sonenberg, USM Associate Professor and Resident Composer, who co-wrote the libretto with poet Daniel Nester. Presented in concert form in collaboration with the USM School of Music, The Summer King is about the life and legacy of Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson. A hulking catcher, Gibson’s prodigious talent with a bat earned him the moniker “the black Babe Ruth,” and secured him a spot as the second Negro League ballplayer ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The opera portrays the injustice Gibson suffered at the hands of baseball’s “Gentlemen’s Agreement” and also the thriving culture, characterized by black-owned teams, stadiums and taverns, nightlife and humor.

Tickets: $42; $35; $10, students.
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Auditions for: Portland Youth Symphony Orchestras, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, and Youth Choirs

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Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra
Portland Youth Wind Ensemble
Portland Youth Junior Orchestra
Portland Young Peoples String Consort
Southern Maine Youth Chorale
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