Rozarii Lynch, photo
As you approach the building on August 3, you’ll find three-dimensional Ring-inspired sidewalk art by Marlin Peterson. The public can view this outdoor art installation, located on Kreielsheimer Promenade near McCaw Hall’s serpentine glass wall, throughout the month of August. Morning activities at the “Make Some Noise” open house include KING FM’s Instrument Petting Zoo, a “Make Your Own Instrument” activity, a photo retrospective of Seattle Opera’s 50 years, and imaginative original performance art by Lelavision. This Seattle-based group, whose mission is to delight people using creativity, will play several of their kinetic musical sculptures, including “Violcano,” “Longwave,” “Metalphor,” and “Orbacles.”
In the afternoon, musicians from Seattle Opera’s Youth Chorus and the Seattle Youth Symphony, together with Seattle Opera’s professional singers, will present Seattle Opera’s complete Our Earth opera trilogy, with music by Eric Banks and libretti by Irene Keliher, conducted by Stephen Rogers Radcliffe.
Alan Alabastro, photo
These operas, perfect for children of all ages, follow a quest for missing salmon from the marine environment of Puget Sound all the way upstream to a mountain watershed. In the first opera, Heron and the Salmon Girl, animals such as Heron, Orca, Turtle, and the fisherman Tayil travel from the open water of the Sound to an estuary in search of the missing fish. Meanwhile Alitsa, a young woman who is also a salmon, searches for her brother, Parr, who has left their small fishing village only to fall ill in the big city. In Rushing Upriver, the second opera of the series, the journey continues. Salmon siblings Parr and Alitsa head upstream, searching for a unique white flower with healing properties, closely pursued by a hungry coyote, a mischievous raccoon, and a wise raven. An eagle, frog, and owl from east of the Cascade mountains help Alitsa, Parr, and Tayil solve the mystery of the missing salmon in the final opera of the trilogy, Every River Has Its People. Each of these English-language operas is approximately 30 minutes long.
August 3, 2013
10:00 a.m.: Doors open; hands-on activities explore music-making and sound production, featuring the incredible music, sculpture, and performances of Lelavision
12:00 p.m.: OUR EARTH Part 1: Heron and the Salmon Girl
12:30 p.m.: More performances by Lelavision
1:15 p.m.: OUR EARTH Part 2: Rushing Upriver
1:45 p.m.: “The Finer Points of Kazoo Virtuosity and Other Musical Noise”
2:30 p.m.: OUR EARTH Part 3: Every River Has Its People (Seattle premiere)