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"The Juniper Tree" Spotlight Opera

Music:   Philip Glass and Robert Moran

Libretto: Robert Moran

Inspired by: Von dem Machandelboom, a tale by the Brothers Grimm

Of note: The chamber work is Glass’ first opera set to an English text

What the critics say: The two composers' styles dovetail remarkably well — Moran waxing more angular and illustrative, Glass supplying his patented arpeggiated fantasias, like Janácek ostinatos blissing out on peyote — to form a score perhaps not riveting but attractive and touching. — The Collegiate Chorale

The Grimm fairy tale tells an eerie poetic story of a wicked stepmother who kills her stepson and cooks him into a stew for his unsuspecting father. The boy has the last laugh, however, when his sister buries his bones beneath a juniper tree and his spirit returns as a singing bird who wreaks vengeance before being restored to life with his family.

Karen Coe Miller, Director

Charles Koslowske, Music Director


Tickets: $10 (

Burg Theatre

8 p.m. Friday, March 3

8 p.m. Saturday, March 4 

3 p.m. Sunday, March 5