Bienen Ensembles

David T. Little’s Dog Days

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30pm

Ryan Opera Theater

Joachim Schamberger, director; Alan Pierson, conductor; Victor Huls, graduate assistant conductor; Contemporary Music Ensemble 

Don’t miss the Chicago-area premiere of the opera the New York Times called “a taut, nuanced work that clawed beneath the surface of every situation.” With music by David T. Little and libretto by Royce Vavrek, Dog Days is based on the dystopian short story by Judy Budnitz. As war rages in a not-so-distant future and a starving American family slowly unravels, they discover a man in a dog suit on their property, howling for scraps. The opera raises numerous questions: Is it madness, delusion, or instinct that guides us through trying times? Where is the line between human and animal? At what point must we surrender to our animal instincts merely to survive? This first-time collaboration between the Contemporary Music Ensemble and Northwestern Opera Theater is led by Alan Pierson, who conducted the 2012 Dog Days premiere at the Kasser Theater, at New Jersey’s Montclair State University. Composer David T. Little will coach the cast and ensemble in this challenging, gripping, and affecting work. This performance contains violence, adult language and situations, and is not recommended for children. 

Pictured above: John Kelly and Lauren Worsham in the world premiere production of Dog Days at Peak Performance @ Montclair, produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Photo: James Daniel.

Tickets are $18 for the general public and $8 for students with valid ID.

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Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater


Bienen School of Music
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
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Located in the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this theater is a versatile space for intimate opera performances and recitals. Featuring double-height ceilings and expansive windows showcasing views of Lake Michigan, the room seats 163.