The Great Gasby February 10 – February 12

Great Gasby
Friday february 10
saturday February 11
Sunday February 12


Ensemble Parallèle’s artistic team of Artistic Director/Conductor Nicole Paiement and Production Designer/Stage Director Brian Staufenbiel again collaborate on EP’s most ambitious production to date. The cast of 11 singers plus chorus and an orchestra of 30 are featured in an art deco inspired, multimedia staging of this conflict between old money, nouveau riche and working class Americans tangled in a downward spiral of decadence.

The original version of The Great Gatsby was commissioned in 1999 by the Metropolitan Opera to celebrate the 25th anniversary of James Levine as its musical director. John Harbison set to music his own libretto inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tragic 1925 portrait of the Jazz Age. Although The Great Gatsby is distinguished by exceptional invention and expressive range, due to its sheer size – 120-musician orchestra – it has been performed only twice, once by the MET and once by Chicago Lyric Opera.

Aware of the importance of Harbison’s work and the need to make it more accessible to performing groups, Ensemble Parallèle commissioned a re-orchestration of The Great Gatsby from 120 to 30 musicians. This commission was done in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival and the publisher, G. Schirmer Inc. Harbison, enthusiastic about the project, recommended Jacques Desjardins, who has worked on similar projects. Desjardins’ re-orchestration provides an intense, intimate audience experience of this masterwork.


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