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Published on Aug 15, 2014
“Powder River Aria” from Clinker: Between Opera and a Hard Place (2014) Opera-in-progress
August 7, 2014, Members of the Colorado Chamber Orchestra perform “The Powder River” aria and “Fractures” from the opera-in-progress, Clinker: Between Opera and a Hard Place (2014), Music by Anne M. Guzzo, libretto by Ron Frost.
The performance was a part of the Aquila Summer Concert Series in Greeley, Colorado at John Galt Coffee and was sponsored by the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute.
Performers from the Colorado Chamber Orchestra include: Szilvia Schranz, soprano Thomas Erik Angerhofer, baritone Naomi Sue Smith, violin Alexandra Eddy, viola David Short, cello Ron Bland, bass Thomas A. Blomster, music director and percussion
These opera arias were created at the Ucross Foundation Residency for the Arts during the 2014 Ucross-Pollination Experiment, a special collaborative science and art residency lead by author and entomologist, Jeffrey A. Lockwood.
Based on the geological stories of the Powder River Basin, the opera personifies geological history and narrative. The libretto was written by geologist Ron Frost, and the music by composer Anne M. Guzzo.