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Wednesday, Aug 10 2011
When she wasn’t busy collecting art, fomenting literary movements, and dissing Oakland, Gertrude Stein used her inimitable talents to help create a most inimitable opera — 1934’s Four Saints in Three Acts. Tonight, this vision is taken up in a new production by Ensemble Parallèle, which further ups the avant-garde quotient by opening with the premiere of A Heavenly Act, a multimedia “opera-installation” by composer Luciano Chessa and artist Kalup Linzy that reinterprets the themes and content of Four Saints, and aims to create an aesthetic dialogue with Stein and Virgil Thomson’s work. What with all the instrumentalists, the vocalists, the video projections, and the performance art, there should be plenty of there there.
Thu., Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 19, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 20, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 21, 2 p.m., 2011

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