The UTC Music Department in cooperation with the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song will present two evening performances of Scott Joplin’s opera TREEMONISHA on Jan. 27 and 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM and a matinee on Jan. 29 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $20 general admission, $14 for students and Senior citizen. Tickets are on sale now at the UTC Box Office (423-425-4269).
Treemonisha, composed by famous ragtime composer Scott Joplin, is a story of the triumph of education and enlightenment over superstition and ignorance among the African American population of the Texarkana region of Arkansas in the late 1800s. Perhaps even more interesting is the exploration of the theme of whether men would follow a woman as a political community leader in this time period. Joplin sets these two themes against a musical backdrop of the romantic opera of the early 20th century. Called a “semimiracle” by music historian Gilbert Chase, the score is not ragtime, although it incorporates elements of ragtime among its musical ideas. There are black folk songs and dances, and even a kind of pre-blues music alongside spirituals and gospel elements in the score.
Jan. 27-28, 2012 7:30 PM, Jan 29, 2012 3:00 PM. UTC Fine Arts Center Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 725 Vine St. (423) 425-4601