Present Music to Close 40th Season with World Premiere of Carla Kihlstedt’s ’26 Little Deaths’

On June 23, contemporary music ensemble Present Music will conclude its 40th anniversary season with the world premiere of Carla Kihlstedt’s “26 Little Deaths.” The song cycle is inspired by Edward Gorey’s darkly Victorian alphabet book “The Gashlycrumb Tinies.” Published in 1963, the book depicts the demise of 26 children in a morbid satire of early children’s books. Currently led {…}

Sound of Fools to Present New Staging of ‘The Priestess of Morphine’

Chicago’s International Museum of Surgical Science will host the Sound of Fools presentation of “The Priestess of Morphine,” a monodrama for two voices, at the museum on June 17-18, 2022. Acclaimed contemporary opera director Bea Goodwin’s staging is site specific, with the performances taking place throughout the museum halls. The work, composed by American Prize for Opera-winner Rosśa Crean, with {…}