Searching for Spinoza - de musical

De University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill deed in het voorjaar van 2010 een Spinoza-project

                                   The Spinoza Project -
      "Preparing Artists to be Global Citizens of Social Purpose"

Opzet was om met een interdisciplinair multi-media-project de kwestie van scheiding van kerk en staat aan de orde te stellen. Er was van alles aan de orde: the world premiere of a chamber musical, an art exhibition, a seminar, classes and more…

Eén van de activiteiten was dus de opvoering van een musical ‘Searching for Spinoza’, waarvan de wereldpremière door de UNC Opera werd gegeven op 16-20 april 2010

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                         SEARCHING FOR SPINOZA © 
      (music and lyrics by Thomas Conroy, book by Suzanne Ishee)

"Set in the turbulent political landscape of mid-seventeenth century Europe, this provocative human drama chronicles the life of Baruch/Benedictus d’Spinoza, champion of the separation of church and state and founder of European rationalism. He is reviled by the religious leaders, enrages the civil administration, and wrestles with his ‘inner voices’ to espouse a philosophy so profound that it pulsates with powerful relevance today." [van hier]

[Een vergissing inzake een door Spinoza gepropageerde scheiding van kerk en staat - i.p.v. een onderwerping van de kerk aan de staat ... die vergissing wordt wel meer gemaakt, vooral in de VS]

Professor Terry Rhodes, D.M.A., chair of the music department and director of UNC Opera in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Suzanne Ishee, a 1973 UNC music alumna, have collaborated on the project for two years.

Ishee, founder and producer of Broadway Center Stage, is the musical’s playwright. Thomas Conroy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the composer and librettist.

Students in Rhodes’ opera course will be performers and technicians and are discussing the project with Ishee and Conroy. Brent Wissick, Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Professor of music, organized a student orchestra for the musical. Tim Matson, a 2005 UNC drama and music alumnus, is the music director and conductor. “The show allows these young performers to see how a work of art can stimulate a much greater dialogue,” said Ishee, an Emmy and Drama Desk award-winning artist. “This issue is relevant to what’s happening in the world today. … It’s a long-lasting way of thinking that will live on once the show is over.”

Hier méér informatie en hier:

Aanvulling 23 okt. 2010

    Searching for Spinoza (April 16-20, 2010) - Spinoza is Condemned by the Rabbi [van hier - maar aldaar inmiddels alweer verdwenen...]

Aanvulling 20 april 2011

Searching for Spinoza 

Playwright Suzanne Ishee, UNC Opera Director and Music Department Chair Terry Rhodes and sophomore Chris Nickell join host Frank Stasio to explain how it all fits together.
North Carolina Public Radio   -  interview.mp3