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Green Sneakers and Echoes of the Depression


Chamber Music at the Scarab Club and Michigan Opera Theatre are excited to present a special concert at The War Memorial in advance of MOT’s production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera, The Grapes of Wrath, based on the classic novel by John Steinbeck.

Baritone John Daugherty

Baritone John Daugherty

The main work on the program is Green Sneakers, a 60-minute chamber opera, also by Ricky Ian Gordon, who wrote the poetry as well as the music for this very personal and moving work. Scored for baritone and string quartet, CMSC welcomes back the marvelous baritone, John Daugherty, to perform this challenging work, along with violinists Laura Roelofs and Velda Kelly, violist Scott Stefanko and cellist Nadine Deleury.

The program begins with two works by African American composers, both of whom began their long careers during the Depression era. The string quartet will perform a beautiful movement from Florence Price’s String Quartet in G Major, composed in 1929 and the lively Danzas de Panama by William Grant Still, based on Panamanian folk tunes collected by Elizabeth Waldo in the 1920s.


General Admission: Free; registration is requested
A free-will donation will be collected to support community programming at Michigan Opera Theatre


Florence B. Price (1887–1953): Andante Moderato from String Quartet in G Major (1929)
William Grant Still (1895–1978): Danzas de Panama (1948)
Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956): Green Sneakers (2008)

Later Event: May 8
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