Short Opera “Trouble in Tahiti” Is the Centerpiece of Oberlin Opera Theater’s Leonard Bernstein Concert

Wed 11/7, Fri 11/9 & Sat 11/10 @ 8PM

Sun 11/11 @ 2PM

Conductor/composer/celebrity Leonard Bernstein has many well-known works, such as his music for West Side Story, Wonderful Town and On the Town,d his Symphony No. 3 Kaddish and his Chichester Psalms.

Less well known among his copious output is his 1952 one-act opera, Trouble in Tahiti, for which he wrote both words and music. And it’s not about Tahiti — it’s about American suburbia and the misery and frustration it engendered, a popular topic in the ’50s, as Americans increasing moved to the suburbs to find they weren’t the promised land.

That work will be the centerpiece of Oberlin Opera Theater’s A Salute to Leonard Bernstein taking place at the campus’s Hall Auditorium Wed 11/7-Sun 11/11, with the Oberlin Orchestra conducted by Raphael Jimenez and choreography by dance faculty member Holly Handman-Lopez. It will be followed with a group of tunes from some of the above-mentioned musicals.

Tickets are $10; $8 for students.


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