Bennington County Choral Society
The Bennington County Choral Society kicks off its 2019-2020 season with a concert, semi-staged production of Luigi Cherubini’s Medea. Accompanied by the PanOpera Orchestra, Music Director, Cailin Marcel Manson will conduct Cherubini’s opera. The 2019-2020 season is dedicated in loving memory of Terry Durkee, a singer and board member who loved to sing, enjoyed all aspects of our chorus and was excited to start this season.
For one concert only, Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.; Bennington Performing Arts Center, 331 Main St. Bennington. Tickets on sale: $20 in advance from chorus members, at the door or on' www.BrownPaperTickets.com.' Seating is limited. Concert venue is ADA-accessible.
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Medee (Medea), by Luigi Cherubini, premiered on March 13, 1797. Cherubini’s music invokes Medea’s inner struggle; from her dramatic shift of love to devastating hatred. The dynamic role of Medea provokes both sympathy and dismay. Rather than focusing on the plot itself, the opera explores the psychological processes experienced by the characters. With its stylistic diversity, its dark splendor and subtlety as well as its grand musical scenes, Medea was ahead of its time. So it's not surprising that of all the music Cherubini wrote, it is Medea that is best remembered.
Medea’s tragic story starts with Jason as he invades Colchis to claim the Golden Fleece, his inheritance. Medea is a sorceress and the king's daughter. Medea falls in love with Jason and promises to help him steal the Golden Fleece if he promises to marry her. Through sorcery, she helps Jason steal the Golden Fleece and eventually bears him two children. After a time, Jason abandons Medea and flees to Corinth, where he seeks refuge. In exchange for the Fleece, King Creon offers Jason his daughter Glauce’s hand in marriage.
Enraged by Jason’s betrayal, Medea interrupts the wedding preparations but fails to win Jason back. Creon banishes her from the city granting her one day to see her children for the last time. Unable to admit defeat, Medea plans her revenge against both Jason and Glauce. Medea gets her revenge on Glauce by sending her a poison-soaked dress that ultimately kills her. Troubled by her own actions and feelings, Medea asks the slave Neris to bring her children to safety. In a change of emotions, Medea decides to get revenge on Jason by killing her own children. Medea has ruined Jason, but at what cost?
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