Join Marvin Rosen and Classical Discoveries for the the world premiere broadcast of the opera “The Juniper Tree” by Philip Glass and Robert Moran, this Wednesday 4/1 at 11 AM ET.
“The Juniper Tree” is an opera in two acts for chamber orchestra, small chorus and soloists. It was commissioned the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA) and debuted in 1985.
Glass and fellow composer Robert Moran collaborated in virtually equal measure on the composition of The Juniper Tree. A Glass scene is followed by a Moran scene, with transitions composed by each. The result is a fascinating hybrid, each composer holding on to his own identity while melding with the other.
The famous Grimm fairy tale tells of a Wicked Stepmother who murders her stepson and serves him up in a stew to his unsuspecting father. The boy’s sister buries her brother’s bones under a Juniper Tree, and the child’s spirit returns as a singing bird who wreaks vengeance on the evil Stepmother before being restored to life in the bosom of his family. One of the most tuneful operas in the Glass repertory.
Marvin Rosen is the host of WPRB’s “Classical Discoveries” series. Marvin’s outstanding contributions won him an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2005. Marvin’s unique contributions to the broadcasting landscape have been written about by the San Francisco Classical Voice and Charleston City Paper recently.
For more information about this special program, please visit www.classicaldiscoveries.org.