San Francisco Opera Orchestra to Present ‘Wagner Takes the A Train’

By David Salazar

The Musicians of the San Francisco Opera orchestra are set to present jazz composer Valerie Capers in an evening of jazz works based on Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.”

The event, entitled “Wagner Takes the ‘A’ Train,” will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Per a press release, “In conversation with San Francisco Opera Dramaturg, Kip Cranna, Dr. Capers will reflect on the influences of Wagner and his mighty Ring cycle on her work as a composer.”

Capers studied at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind before becoming the first blind person to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School of Music. Since then, she has served as faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and Bronx Community College of the City University of New York.

As a composer, her most noted works include “Sing About love,” “Sojourner,” an operatorio based on the life of Sojourner Truth, and “Song of the Seasons,” a song cycle for voice, piano and cello.