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Tan Dun's powerful score for cellist and four percussionists commemorates the 1989 massacre in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The title refers to the 13th-century Chinese drama by Kuan Han-Ching, in which a young woman, Dou Eh, is executed for crimes she did not commit. Even nature cries out for Dou Eh's innocence: her blood does not fall to earth, but flies upward, and a heavy snow falls in June. Likewise Tan Dun's music sings of pity and purity, beauty and darkness. As choreographed by Allyson Green, this striking dance/theatre work is a lament for victims everywhere.

American poet Billy Collins reads a selection of humorous poems for appreciative audience in this keynote event of the 2013 Writer's Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University.

Executive Producer and UCSB alum Dante Di Loreto discusses American Horror Story, an anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch coven, and a freak show. Recorded on 12/01/2014.

Executive Producer/Director Jack Bender unlocks the production secrets of translating Lost from script to screen. And, he might just provide some clues to unlock the secrets of "The Island."

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive stereotypes of manhood. Recorded on 4/28/2015.

On the occasion of San Diego Opera's West Coast premiere of GREAT SCOTT, Nicolas Reveles engages composer Jake Heggie in a lively conversation about the work's conception. Known for his landmark modern classics DEAD MAN WALKING and MOBY DICK, Heggie's newest work concerns Arden Scott, an international opera star who returns to her hometown with the intention of saving the ailing company that started her career. However, her homecoming coincides with the home team's first National Championship. GREAT SCOTT sparks some interesting questions around how we perceive the Arts and what purpose they serve today. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

This musical spectacular marks the the 5th iteration of UCSB's College of Creative Studies Musical Project. Prince Charles Brave, heir to throne of Even Greater Britain, has no idea how to be a king. Fate would have it, then, that his mother, the Goddess Queen, has just announced she will be ascending to the heavens - or going to Fiji, it's a bit unclear. Either way, whether he likes it or not, Charles is suddenly going to have to deal with an island nation with zero natural resources and a pro-democracy royal counselor who wants to overthrow the monarchy. Luckily, Charles will have help from his Olympian speed-walking girlfriend, a Trinidadian reggae star and an Illusionist who knows the secrets the island holds. So grab your passport and plan a trip to Even Greater Britain to learn about the prince and his fate! There will be feasts, cassowaries, sock puppets and more. Recorded on 04.12.2015.

"In Memory" explores the unsurpassed power of music to both express sorrow and a sense of loss and to celebrate a life, through compositions by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and contemporary composer Joel Hoffman.

In a veritable feast for fans of Giacomo Puccini, San Diego Opera's Nicolas Reveles delves into the history, influences, and musical intricacies of Puccini's TOSCA and MADAMA BUTTERFLY, two of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire.

The opera "Lilith" by librettist Allan Havis and composer Anthony Davis, which premiered in 2009, is given a fresh interpretation by designer Peter Torpey and director Keturah Stickann in this workshop production of five scenes. "Lilith" explores and celebrates the ageless erotic myth of Lilith, the woman who preceded Eve in the Garden of Eden. The opera, which blends a variety of musical tropes from jazz to classical, reenacts the tale from a twin timeframe of contemporary America and the beginning of Paradise. The opera's directing and design concept relies on windows, mirrors, screens and shadows to reflect the myriad contours of female identity split into two halves. Video and visual projection are essential tools for probing the paradoxes of Lilith's role in contemporary life, and the experimental overtones add to the opera's seductive and eerie impact.

The medieval, walled city of Carcassonne has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. It lies in the wine-growing region of Languedoc-Roussillon, which is also famous for its truffles.
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