UofL Theatre Opera and Symphony Orchestra present Copland’s classics

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville Theatre Opera presents the classic American opera “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland April 7 and 9 at The Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater.

    Before the opera begins, the University Symphony Orchestra will also treat attendees to a performance of Copland’s iconic orchestral suite “Appalachian Spring.”

    “The Tender Land,” set in a Midwest farming community during the depression era, tells the story of a young woman who yearns to experience more of the world that lies beyond her family’s picket fence. When two itinerant farmhands come to town, her feelings of love and desire to leave come into conflict with her obligation to family and farm ties. The score in Copland’s first full-length opera evokes the beauty and wide-open spaces of the American heartland.

    Michael Ramach, co-director of the opera theatre program, said the piece beautifully suits the ensemble of 30 students.  

    “It’s quintessentially Americana and accessible for everyone,” Ramach said.

    The show is at 8 p.m. April 7 and 2 p.m. April 9. Tickets are $20, $10 for students and seniors, free for all UofL students, staff and faculty. For tickets, go to kentuckycenter.org or call 502-584-7777. Kentucky Center members call 502-566-5144.

    For more information, contact Ramach at 502-852-0544 or merama01@louisville.edu.

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    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.