Opera in the Neighborhoods

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Opera in the Neighborhoods
brings live performances of youth-focused operas to neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area.

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Opera in the Neighborhoods - Lyric Opera of Chicago
A new opera for young people based on one of the oldest hero stories in Greek mythology.
Composer, Gregory Spears; librettist, Kathryn Walat

What do you do when your uncle has wrongfully taken your place as king?
If you're Jason, you gather your strongest and wisest friends and set sail on an adventure to find the Golden Fleece and win back the throne!
On their quest they face trials and perils that ultimately teach them what it means to be a true hero.

For grades 3-6
Performed by a cast of four singers and four instrumentalists
45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
No admission charge; suggested donation $65 per classroom
Tour runs October 17 - November 18, 2016
Bus Scholarships available for qualifying CPS schools

Gregory Spears is an award-winning composer whose music is "astonishingly beautiful" according to The New York Times.

Playwright and librettist Kathryn Walat's work has been produced Off-Broadway and by companies across the country. 

Jason and the Argonauts commissioned and premiered by Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera's department dedicated to education, community engagement, and new artistic initiatives. 

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund. Jason and the Argonauts and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by Lead Sponsor J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes and cosponsors an Anonymous Donor, Dover Foundation, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, and Wintrust Community Banks.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Caerus Foundation, Inc.

Fall Tour Schedule

Jason and the Argonauts
 will appear in the following venues between October 17 and November 18, 2016.

Tuesday, Oct. 18 North Central College, Pfeiffer Hall, Naperville
Wednesday, Oct. 19 Governors State University, University Park
Friday, Oct. 21 Lane Tech High School, Chicago
Monday, Oct. 24 Curie Metro High School, Chicago
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Addison Trail High School, Addison
Thursday, Oct. 27 Multicultural Academy of Scholarship High School, Chicago
Tuesday, Nov. 1 Barrington High School, Barrington - Reservations available August 1
Wednesday, Nov. 2 College of Lake County, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Grayslake
Friday, Nov. 4 Lake Park High School, West Campus, Roselle
Monday, Nov. 7 Schurz High School, Chicago
Tuesday, Nov. 8 Senn High School, Chicago
Thursday, Nov. 10 Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago
Tuesday, Nov. 15 Evanston Township High School, Evanston
Wednesday, Nov. 16 Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago
Friday, Nov. 18 Andrew High School, Tinley Park

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Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Curious about Jason and the Argonauts? Would you like to be one of the first people to see it?

Then come to our teacher professional development workshop this August!

Presented in collaboration with the National Hellenic Museum, the workshop will dive into the opera, the myth, and strategies for integrating the learning opportunities they offer into your curriculum. Workshop participants will also attend the dress rehearsal for the premiere public performances!

Opera in the Neighborhoods - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Thursday August 18, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch Provided
National Hellenic Museum 
333 S. Halsted St., Chicago
Four professional development credits available!

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Opera in the Neighborhoods - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Teacher Resources for Jason and the Argonauts

Coming soon: teacher and student resources for Jason and the Argonauts, including videos and our student study guide series Backstage Pass!

Opera in the Neighborhoods - Lyric Opera of Chicago