A Hill of Bones
Composer: Persis Parshall Vehar
Composer Bio: Persis Anne Parshall Vehar's vocal and instrumental compositions, ranging from ntimate chamber music through massive large ensembles and including four operas, have been performed internationally. Among the places where her works have been heard are Carnegie Recital Hall (New York City), Royal Festival Hall (London), Graz Music Festival (Austria), McMaster & Brock Universities (Canada), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (South Carolina), Kosciuszko Foundation, (New York), and Academy of Vocal Arts (Philadelphia). An award-winning composer, Vehar has been the recipient of six Meet the Composer Grants, and 21 annual ASCAP Awards. Her publishers include C.F. Peters, Tenuto, Leyerle & Dorn, Shawnee Press, Kendor Music, Plymouth Music, Northfield Press, Almitra Music, VIF, and Boosey & Hawkes. Vehar's work may be heard on Aeolian, MMC, Fleur de Son Classics, Capstone, LOFT and MARK recordings. Her compositions have been broadcast on National Public Radio & Television, as well as internationally. Vehar holds degrees from Ithaca College and University of Michigan. Her composition studies were with Warren Benson, Ross Lee Finney, Roberto Gerhard, and Ned Rorem.
Librettist: Michael Ehrenreich
Other Artistic Personnel: 22
Original Cast: 3
Premiere Date: July 17, 1993
Producing Company: Greater Buffalo Opera Company
Description: A Hill of Bones explores the idea of land ownership and presents conflicting attitudes towards its use through white and Native American characters. The story, by libettist Michael Ehrenreich, revolves around the excavation of an Indian burial ground and the mysterious illness that befalls the excavator’s daughter. Two Native Americans, a youth & a Clan Mother, persuade him to stop the excavation and to fight the negligent disposal of toxic waste on reservation land. The aim of the opera is to heighten people’s awareness about the environment, develop multi-cultural understanding, and to expose young people to the operatic form.
Character List (Major): Father(bar), Mother(mz), Clan Mother(s), Native American Youth(t), Daughter(non-singing)
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: Not Available
Musical Style: Diatonic with chromatic inflections
Contact: Persis Anne Parshall Vehar
Address: 65 Hyledge Drive
Buffalo, NY 14226
E-mail Address: PPVehar@aol.com
Phone: 716-833-7618
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