The Falling and the Rising: A Memorial Day Tribute

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The Falling and the Rising: A Memorial Day Tribute

05/25/2020, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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Join Opera Memphis as we honor our fallen service members on Memorial Day with a look back on our 2019 production of the new American opera, The Falling and the Rising. Immediately after the video stream of the performance, we will host a talkback with the creators.And finally, we will premiere our video of the Joint Military Chorus from Opera Memphis, Seattle Opera, New Orleans Opera, and the U.S. Army Field Band performing the finale from The Falling and the Rising. Join us on the Opera Memphis Facebook page on Monday, May 25 at 2 PM CT.

The Falling and The Rising

The Falling and the Rising​ is a new American opera conceived by Sgt. Ben Hilgert of the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus, inspired by Opera Memphis' Ghosts of Crosstown project in 2014. That project sparked his vision of an opera that would capture the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military veterans and shed light on the inspirational power of their often overlooked stories - stories of family, service, and sacrifice in a period of great uncertainty. Words by Jerre Dye. Music by Zachary Redler.

Conductor: Michael Sakir
Stage Director: Ned Canty

Soldier: Chelsea Miller
Toledo: Stephanie Doche
Jumper: Philip Himebook
Homecoming Soldier: Marcus King
Colonel: Darren K. Stokes
Military Chorus
Memphis Symphony Orchestra