American playwright Thornton Wilder (who wrote Our Town) adapted his own play for German composer Paul Hindemith’s 1963 English-language chamber opera. A series of Christmas dinners are celebrated by one family over a period of ninety years, fused into a single, long meal. Hindemith’s expressive music reveals what Wilder called the “mill of time”: a simultaneous view of the past, present, and future, allowing us to choose whether to perceive such overlap as misfortune, or consolation, or both at once. Audiences will enjoy Parlor Songs performed by the cast before the main opera.
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This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
"The Long Christmas Dinner is newly recovered treasure and one holiday invitation no one should pass up."
"The production is a definite “don’t miss” that you would be wonderful to bring a Christmas posse to or, as some of our characters prefer, celebrate alone."
Used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, sole U.S. and Canadian agent for Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz, Germany, publisher and copyright owner.