More and More is the social extension of the Houston Area Trails and More (HATs) group. Since HATs is limited to hiking we thought it would be a good idea to offer people a chance to get together for less physically intense or even purley social activities.
Membership is open to all, even if you are not active in HATs. Event leaders must be active hikers in HATs. Contact Tom or Alan if you want to host an event.
Join More and More for one of the best operas of the 20th century, Akhnaten by Philip Glass. At least is is one of my favorites by my favorite composer. Together with Satyagraha and Einstein on the Beach, the opera forms a trilogy featuring early Philip Glass minimalist styles. Each with similarities and each with notable differences.
Curtain time 11:30 AM Estimated run time 3 HRS 41 MINS
Tickets are $27.50
Akhnaten is an opera in three acts based on the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV), written by the American composer Philip Glass in 1983. It had its US premiere with Houston Grand Opera the next year. The opera is sung in Old Kingdom Egyptian and English, with spoken words in English. Shown with on-screen titles.
The synopsis from Wikipedia
Met Live in HD
It is notable for the use of a counter tenor in the lead role. This performance will feature Anthony Roth Costanzo (goes by ARC) who sung in the title role in Handel's Opera Julius Caesar in Houston two years ago as well as singing a female role in Strauss's Elektra, normally cast as an alto. If you are not familiar with the countertenor voice, listen to the clips below. You are in for a real treat.
Some videos about what we will see.
The Mets Blurb
Hymn to Aten, the greatest song in the opera. From a university production.
Akhnaten and Nefertiti duet. (countertenor and contralto)
ARC singing solo.
Singing Philip Glass's song Liquid Days Pt1
The entire opera original recording:
Glasses operas are not to everyone's liking. For those of us that Glass's music speaks to, we find them remarkably beautiful and compelling. Join the event to see if this might speak to you.