NICHOLAS DIBERARDINO Anansi and the Great Light
Kanika Ambrose, librettist
Julia Bumke, stage director
Lindsey Reynolds, soprano
Sophia Maekawa, mezzo-soprano
Aaron Crouch, tenor
Curtis Chamber Ensemble
Yuwon Kim, conductor
with the Girard College Elementary School Choir
Paul Eaton, director
Curtis singers present a children’s opera based on classic fables of Anansi the Spider, a beloved hero of West African folklore. This shape-shifting character, who triumphs over adversity thanks to his characteristic wit and cunning, will entrance all ages. Composer and Community Artist Fellow Nicholas DiBerardino will gather text and musical material from students at Girard College to bring Anansi’s adventures to life.
Additional Performance at Girard College on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m.
Doing Opera: Community Artist Fellow Nick DiBerardino relates his experience composing a new children’s opera with the participation of hundreds of Philadelphia schoolchildren
The Community Artist Fellowship at Girard College is generously supported by Wells Fargo.
The Curtis Institute of Music receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.