Opera Piccola Presents: "Orpheus and Euridice" and "Green Sneakers" on May 10 or 11 (Up to 52% Off)

Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

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Ricky Ian Gordon channels a deep pain in operettas–one an updated myth & the other about his late life-partner, a great Mother's Day gift

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TheDeal

  • One G-Pass to Opera Piccola Presents: Orpheus and Euridice and Green Sneakers
  • When: Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. or Sunday, May 11, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.

Seating Options

  • $11 for the balcony (up to $22.85 value)
  • $18 for the rear mezzanine (up to $36.65 value)
  • $24 for the front mezzanine (up to $48.25 value)
  • $24 for the sides of the main floor (up to $48.25 value)
  • $32 for the center of the main floor (up to $63.60 value)
  • View the seating charts for the balcony, mezzanine, and main floor.

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Opera Piccola Presents: Orpheus and Euridice and Green Sneakers

Art helps the bereaved cope with unspeakable loss in this double-feature from contemporary composer Ricky Ian Gordon. In 1996, Gordon lost his partner Jeffery Grossi to an AIDS-related illness. These works, then, are not just about the healing power of art—they are examples of it.

Orpheus and Euridice
In 15 scenes, Orpheus loses his lover, persuades the gods to let him follow her into the underworld, and mourns his loss while celebrating her life in a surprisingly upbeat funeral dirge. Although the tale is almost as old as song itself, Gordon updates certain musical and thematic elements. Instead of a snakebite, Euridice succumbs to a mysterious wasting illness, and instead of a harp, Orpheus trusts in his clarinet as he follows his beloved into the world of death. In the music itself, shades of Copland come through in the richly tonal melodies, and jazz licks highlight the very current pain that echoes through the retelling.

Green Sneakers
Where Orpheus and Euridice is allegorical, Green Sneakers is heartbreakingly literal. As the story opens, Grossi is purchasing a pair of green sneakers. When it ends, he has passed away. Bridging the gap between is a solo baritone performance that represents Gordon himself, and a string quartet providing musical context. The piece is built around 16 poems written in that painful period as Grossi makes peace with his fate and Gordon rails against it. A 17th poem, written many years later, concludes the work, and helps give a sense of closure both to Gordon and the audience.

Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

The soil beneath Charline McCombs Empire Theatre has nurtured the arts for more than 130 years. Following a decade when the Turner Opera House bloomed with song, the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre took root in that topsoil, becoming San Antonio’s beacon for vaudeville, theatre, and motion pictures. Designed as a European palazzo with lush draperies, a charming floral interior with gold leafing, and the most modern steel construction of its time, the Empire survived nine feet of water during the flood of 1921, but couldn’t survive the ’70s. Years of gradual decline and unwanted drafts culminated in the theater finally closing its doors in 1978.

In the decades after, the painstaking restoration efforts of the Las Casas Foundation returned the luster to this downtown jewel. Today, six pounds of gold leaf couple with refinished mahogany and autumnal tones to bring warmth to every production while a copper eagle above the entrance welcomes audiences. In 1999, the venue was added to the National Register of Historic Places and still continues drawing in audiences to its intimate 856-seat interior.

Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

The soil beneath Charline McCombs Empire Theatre has nurtured the arts for more than 130 years. Following a decade when the Turner Opera House bloomed with song, the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre took root in that topsoil, becoming San Antonio’s beacon for vaudeville, theatre, and motion pictures. Designed as a European palazzo with lush draperies, a charming floral interior with gold leafing, and the most modern steel construction of its time, the Empire survived nine feet of water during the flood of 1921, but couldn’t survive the '70s. Years of gradual decline and unwanted drafts culminated in the theater finally closing its doors in 1978.

In the decades after, the painstaking restoration efforts of the Las Casas Foundation returned the luster to this downtown jewel. Today, six pounds of gold leaf couple with refinished mahogany and autumnal tones to bring warmth to every production while a copper eagle above the entrance welcomes audiences. In 1999, the venue was added to the National Register of Historic Places and still continues drawing in audiences to its intimate 856-seat interior.

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    Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

    226 N Saint Marys St.

    San Antonio, TX 78205

    +12102263333

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