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Charleston Chamber Opera Presents “American Masters” March 6 at the Gibbes

Musical Response to Art of Our Time Exhibition

(January 25, 2011 - Charleston, SC)) – Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes Museum of Art are partnering for an afternoon of art and opera in the Gibbes Rotunda on Sunday, March 6 at 3pm. In conjunction with the Main Gallery exhibition of modern and contemporary art titled Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, Charleston Chamber Opera will present American Masters. The concert will feature music from some of America\'s most treasured 20th century composers inspired by objects in the Art of Our Time exhibition. Images from the exhibition will be projected while selections from Douglas Moore, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and many other composers will be performed. One selection, inspired by the Frank Duveneck painting Portrait of a Lady, is from Moore\'s opera The Ballad of Baby Doe, , based on the real life Elizabeth \"Baby Doe\" Tabor, her marriage to Colorado silver magnate Horace Tabor, and his spurned first wife Augusta Tabor.

The concert marks the debut of Charleston soprano Suzanne Fleming-Atwood. Joining Fleming-Atwood in American Masters are baritone Christian Elser—General Director of Greenville Light Opera—and mezzo soprano Lara Wilson, who is Executive Director of Charleston Chamber Opera. The production will be narrated by Colette Jackson Matola and will have piano accompaniment by Ghadi Shayban.

“We are pleased to once again partner with the very talented Charleston Chamber Opera. They have developed a terrific program inspired by the masterful objects in Art of Our Time. This will be a wonderful blending of music and the visual arts,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

Tickets for American Masters are $15 for museum members and students and $25 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 x22. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, on view at the Gibbes through March 27, features significant 20th and 21st century artists from the permanent collection of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. The exhibition offers an overview of modern and contemporary art created in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and video by such artists as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Robert Motherwell.

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University is made possible through the generous support of Emprise Bank and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsors include the Joan S. Beren Foundation, Edward and Helen Healy, Harry Pollak and Richard D. Smith, and Sondra M. Langel. Support has also been provided by Jon and Kelly Callen, Mike and Dee Michaelis, Jayne S. Milburn, Christine F. Paulsen-Polk, and the Wichita State University Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research.
The Gibbes exhibition is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the member auxiliary group Gibbes, etc., and Charleston magazine.

Charleston Chamber Opera
Charleston Chamber Opera is a professional opera company dedicated to presenting its audiences with innovative and high quality performances while enriching its community through creative programming and inventive educational outreach.

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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