Join Charlie Parker’s
final quest to write–even after death–a large-scale masterpiece as his
fascinating but troubled life is revisited by the ghosts of his illustrious
past: wives, celebrated colleagues, his mother, and intimate friends. All join
to retell their dramatic incidents of this legendary jazz titan, hailed as the
greatest saxophone virtuoso in history, as he prepares for the afterlife. Birdland,
New York City’s most famous jazz club, is just one enduring monument to his
enormous talent. His own credo is the best testament to this gloriously original
musician whose virtuosity is credited with individually creating a whole new
jazz idiom: Bebop.
“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your
wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” Charlie
This music drama is free and open to the public but you must have a ticket to enter. Call the box office at (504) 529-3000 to secure your seat.
The Falling and The
Rising chronicles the journey of a soldier recovering from a roadside
attack. While in a medically-induced coma, she imagines interactions with
fellow service members, each sharing a particular tale that provides insights
into her own situation. The dedication and resiliency she discovers with them
helps her find the strength to recover, and to return home to her family.
This collaborative effort by members of The U.S. Army Field
Band and the team of Zach Redler, composer, and Jerre Dye, librettist, was
inspired by collective interviews with dozens of active duty Army veterans at
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Fort George
G. Meade, Maryland, and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
“I have a whole new
understanding of my role as a soldier,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ben Hilgert, the
co-creator and executive producer of “The Falling and The Rising.” “You can’t
hear those stories and have it not change you. This project tells the Army
story in a very human way. The stories contained in the opera speak truth to
the service of soldiers, while at the same time highlighting the resiliency and
strength demanded of them.”
“…this is the first opera produced and performed by active
duty soldiers. Their connection, experience and commitment honors those who
serve in defense of the nation and its ideals.” – Garnett Bruce, Artistic
Advisor of the San Antonio Opera
Accompanied by members of
the Louisiana Philharmonic
In collaboration with the US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus.