Bohemian cabaret ensemble Vagabond Opera will bring its eclectic musical performance to St. Joseph’s Cultural Center Friday.
This performance is part of a 14-date West Coast tour that marks the premiere of Vagabond Opera’s first show with a plot. Entitled “The Pocket Watch,” it’s directed by Annie Rosen and includes not only the ensemble but The Sepiatonic Dancers: Karolina Lux and Victoria Bevin. It will feature songs in seven languages, top hats and notable flair, according to the Portland, Ore.,- based group.
The band’s core lineup features vocalists (including operatic tenor vocals), accordion, tenor saxophone, clarinet, cello, stand-up bass and drums.
Vagabond Opera is at the vanguard of a growing popularity in the neo-cabaret phenomenon, and through its theatrical performances, lyrics in many languages and an eclectic repertoire, it liberates opera from its usual construct, expanding musical and theatrical biodiversity. Vagabond Opera has performed all over the U.S. and in Europe. It has been featured on NPR, in the Washington Post and Jazziz Magazine and has four full-length albums.
Vagabond Opera was created in 2002 by European-trained opera singer and composer Eric Stern. While still electrified by traditional opera, Stern created a new context for opera: Performance on a more intimate scale incorporating not only opera but elements of Weimar Cabaret, Arabic and Balkan forms and the original music that springs from the ensemble’s fertile creative work. This is not your granny’s opera but a visceral artistic ensemble that features powerful instrumental and vocal performances coupled with a highly eclectic and theatrical experience.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Friday show are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Tickets are available at BriarPatch Co-op, the Cultural Center office in Grass Valley and at http://brownpapertickets.com.
For information, call 530-272-4725 or visit http://saintjosephsculturalcenter.org.
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center is located at 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley.