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University Opera Theatre presents Robert Aldridge's "Parables"


Date: 04/19/2012

Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall

Cost: $22/$12 students & children; Two for one tickets for U of M students, faculty, alumni, staff, and retirees. 612-624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu.


Text by Herschel Garfein  |  David Walsh, director

The events of 9/11, seared as they are into the collective consciousness of America, have triggered a powerful backlash against non-Christian-based religions and cultures, which comprise a significant portion of the country's social fabric. This dramatic cantata by Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein, composer and librettist respectively for last season's hugely successful production of Elmer Gantry, is a timely artistic response to the growing tendencies of racial and religious intolerance emerging across this nation and throughout the world, propelled by inflammatory catchphrases as “illegal aliens,” “the global war on terror,” or the threat of Islamic radicalization (to America, Europe, the West, etc.).

Illuminating their theme by means of the three major 'American' religions - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - the cantata compelling argues the case for finding strength and promise, rather than menace and evil, in the extraordinary and rich diversity of the world's cultures and celebrates this in a gloriously uplifting finale.

Support for this production was provided in honor of Professor Jean B. and Julie Reeves. 



Convenient parking is available at the University's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps. More information is also available on the University Parking and Transportation Services website.

Parking is available at the 21st Avenue and 19th Avenue parking ramps on the West Bank at the University of Minnesota. Cost is $6.00 per car, pay as you enter, cash or check only. There are also four parking spaces on the turn circle drive in front of Ted Mann Hall available to Ted Mann patrons needing accessible parking. These spaces are available one hour before event start time and up to ½ hour after Ted Mann event end time. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ted Mann Concert Hall's convenient circular driveway allows patrons easy pick-up and drop-off access to the building.

Reservation Information:  

Purchase Tickets: $22/$12 students & children; Two for one tickets for U of M students, faculty, alumni, staff, and retirees. 612/624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu.

More information: http://www.opera.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Lisa Marshall, School of Music, 612/626-1094 or mus-ppr@umn.edu.

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