MUSIC AND LIBRETTO BY DAVID T. LITTLE | FILM BY BILL MORRISON
A BETH MORRISON PROJECTS’ PRODUCTION | PRESENTED WITH LA OPERA OFF GRAND
Soldier Songs is a groundbreaking multimedia piece from award-winning composer David T. Little and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Combining elements of theatre, opera, rock, and film, the piece traces changing perceptions of war in our society and by those who experience it. Little created the libretto using recorded interviews with veterans of five wars. The nameless soldier is followed through three phases of life: Youth (playing war games), Warrior (time served in the military) and Elder (aged, wise, reflective). Multimedia elements are employed as a critique of the media's ability to both glamorize and falsify the realities of combat.
David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene, a “young radical” (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times). A monodrama for baritone and chamber orchestra, Soldier Songs will star David Adam Moore, who created the role of the Soldier at the work's 2008 premiere at Le Poisson Rouge in New York and the first fully-staged presentation at the 2011 International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut.
Directed by Ashley Tata, this multimedia concert presentation is a Beth Morrison Projects' Production and a co-presentation with LA Opera Off Grand. Beth Morrison is hailed as a “contemporary opera mastermind” (Los Angeles Times) and “the edge of innovation…its own genre” (Opera News). Soldier Songs will be conducted by Alan Pierson, leading members of the LA Opera Orchestra.
This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Tier 1: $75
Tier 2: $55
Tier 3: $35