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SIDEBAR: Majel Connery, Yao Chen and Judith Zeitlin

Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th St.

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SIDEBAR welcomes vocalist, composer, scholar, and producer Majel Connery, as she joins Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellows Yao Chen (Beijing based composer) and Judith Zeitlin (UChicago Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations) in conversation about the process of creating an opera.

Yao and Zeitlin have collaboratively undertaken the creation of an opera, with Yao composing the music, and Zeitlin writing the libretto. Entitled Ghost Village, the opera will be based on a ghost story of the same name that features in Pu Songling’s (1640-1715) masterpiece, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. Connery has been providing consultation on the project and will continue to play a role throughout its development.

SIDEBAR is an ongoing conversation series organized by the Gray Center. Join us at 6:00pm for food and drinks as we settle into an evening of productive engagement with our invited guests.