The Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Artisti Affamati present the world premiere of a new musical-theatrical work, Eve Apart, September 4 – 7. Created by Tim Hinck with libretto by Kip Soteres, Eve Apart is a chamber opera that explores figures of epic stature: Adam & Eve, Lilith, The Serpent of the Garden of Eden, and the mysterious "Nameless Second Eve.” Drawing from ancient mythology – mainly Kabbalist mysticism and Midrashic literature – this operatic piece of musical theater explores gender identity, myth, religious paradigm, and human nature. "This is an opera that seems, at first, like a simple, beautiful chamber opera: cascading musical lines reminiscent of Ravel, and the harmonies recall the Russian Romantic masters,” says Hinck. “But suddenly you realize that this is a world of sights and sounds unlike anything you have seen or heard. Dream-like layers of subtle, electronic sounds descend on this ‘Classical’ opera; the playful entrances of a toy piano, the ominous brake drum, and echoes of an electronically-sampled ‘computer choir’ create an enchanting sound world that you won't soon forget." The work features a cast of nine singers, a live, musical ensemble, and multimedia technology. The Chattanooga cast includes Sara Snider Schone, Desiree Soteres, David Tahere, Michael Dexter, Laura Sage, Caitlin Hammon, Marianna Allen, Jason O'Neal, and Blaine Tooley. Composer Tim Hinck was music director for CTC’s rousingly successful production of Les Misérables; singer Michael Dexter was CTC’s Jean Valjean. "The Chattanooga Theatre Centre strives to be the center for performing and theater arts in Chattanooga, in addition to producing our own high caliber theater,” says George Quick, executive director of the CTC. “Tim Hinck is a terrifically talented, local artist. Supporting his work is exciting for all of us at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Our audiences expect professionalism from the work we do and this new opera/musical theater piece is consistent with that high quality." Following the Chattanooga debut, the work will be presented in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hinck is a native of Tennessee, where he studied piano and composition from the age of seven. After completing his undergraduate music degree at Southern Adventist University, Hinck was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, and he moved to the Netherlands to complete a Master's degree at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music (Codarts) studying under Aart Bergwerff and Matteo Imbruno. While collaborating with both soloists and ensembles in the Netherlands, several of Hinck’s compositions were premiered during this time. Hinck’s intermedia performances, musical performances, and multimedia installations have appeared at the Association for Visual Artists in Chattanooga, Tennessee; at Indigo Sky Gallery in Savannah, Georgia; in Barcelona, Spain; and the Netherlands. Hinck is the founding director of the ‘New Dischord Festival of Intermedia Arts’ in Chattanooga at which Hinck’s first opera, Dekacophony, was premiered. Tickets to Eve Apart are now on sale through the CTC box office at 423-267-8534 (Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or online at www.TheatreCentre.com. Performance dates and times are as follows: Thursday, September 4 at 8:00 (Opening night celebration begins at 7:00) Tickets $25 Friday, September 5 at 8:00 Tickets $25 Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 Tickets $25 Sunday, September 7 at 2:30 Tickets $12.50 and $25 The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is located next to Coolidge Park on the city’s NorthShore at 400 River Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37405.
September 4, 2014 - September 7, 2014
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