Miami University Department of Music Presents GHOST STORIES

MU_Ghost Stories logoMiami vocalists to perform GHOST STORIES
Music inspiring a feast for the senses

Miami University Department of Music presents Ghost Stories, an evening featuring two operas including Gustav Holst’s SAVITRI, and THE MEDIUM, by Gian Carlo Menotti. Performances are March 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Gates-Abegglen Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts.

The production features a cast of Miami student vocalists, with stage direction by Leland Kimball, an award-winning visiting artist who previously directed Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring at Miami in 2014.

SAVITRI and THE MEDIUM were written in close proximity to two catastrophic world wars and the omnipresence of death accompanying them. Holst’s opera premiered in 1916, and THE MEDIUM reached the stage and even television right after WWII. Menotti was inspired by a real-life seance he attended in 1936 near Salzburg, Austria, where a baroness sought to contact her dead daughter, Doodly.

“Curiosity about life after death and the possibility of “other realities” have long sparked our collective imagination,” said Leland Kimball. “Music lends itself to portraying sensations that cannot be seen or touched,” he said.

Music direction is by Benjamin Smolder, associate professor of music and director of the opera program at Miami University. Smolder also serves as the National Director for the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition.

The production team includes Lisa Hasson, vocal coach; Rob Holland, lighting design; Issac Ramsey (’06), set design; Joy Galbraith, costume design; and Alex Lusht, sound design.

The William E. Schmidt Foundation serves as sponsor for GHOST STORIES as well as the season sponsor for the Miami Opera program.

Show tickets are $15 Adult, and $10 Student/Youth, available at the Miami University Box Office, online at

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