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Charleston Chamber Opera Presents “Whistler’s Women – Songs of a Life Well Traveled”

Musical Response to Whistler’s Travels Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art

(February 10, 2010 - Charleston, South Carolina) - Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes Museum of Art are partnering for an afternoon of opera on Sunday, March 7 at 3pm. The beautiful Gibbes rotunda featuring the Whistler’s Travels special exhibition will be the setting for Soprano Patrice Tiedemann, Mezzo Soprano Lara Wilson, and Baritone Paul Soper as they explore the life and loves of James McNeill Whistler with a clever mix of art song, opera and theatrical flair. Visitors will enjoy gorgeous melodies from Debussy, Saint-Saens, Mahler, Gilbert & Sullivan and others, as the singers portray Whistler and his women in song and verse. The hour-long program is interwoven with narration by actress Terry Bell-Aby, with piano accompaniment by musical director Steven Morris.

Whistler’s Travels is on view in the Rotunda Galleries through May16, 2010. This exhibition of the works of the renowned American artist features 21 etchings and three lithographs from the Gibbes permanent collection and a local private collection. The etchings and lithographs in Whistler’s Travels were executed during Whistler’s excursions to the English countryside, France, Holland, and Venice, Italy.

“Because of his most well-known painting, many people associate Whistler with his mother. However, he led a very interesting life when it came to other women. He was married to one woman and was involved for several years with two others. One lover bore him several children, and the other raised his son by yet another liaison. Whistler’s colorful life inspired our program and we are excited about the opportunity to explore his art, women and travels” said Patrice Tiedemann of Charleston Chamber Opera.

Tickets for Whistler’s Women – Songs of a Life Well Traveled are $10 for museum members and students and $20 for non-members (museum admission is included in the ticket price). Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Gibbes Museum Store or by calling 722-2706 x21. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Charleston Chamber Opera
The Charleston Chamber Opera was created to present intimate works and premieres of American opera compositions and chamber opera with attention to dramatic presentation, production values and true stagecraft. With the creation of a hometown company, Charleston Chamber Opera fills an untapped niche in Charleston\'s diverse and rich artistic heritage.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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