Creative Minds

The Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Series presents

Opera composer Jake Heggie

October 22 - 24, 2017 | The Wolfe Center for the Arts
All events are free and open to the public

Join us to gain a different perspective on creativity from modern-day opera composer Jake Heggie, who will be on campus for three days engaging with all of the arts units.

Sunday, October 22
8:00 p.m. Keynote lecture
Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre

Monday, October 23
1:30 p.m. Adapting books and poetry into opera and art songs
Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre

3:30 p.m. Choral arrangements of Whitman and Auden
Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre

Tuesday, October 24
9:30 a.m. Student-composed MicroOpera workshop
Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre

11:00 a.m. Student-composed art song workshop
Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre

4:00 p.m. Voice master class featuring the compositions of Jake Heggie
Marjorie E. Conrad, M.D. Choral Room

Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, It’s A Wonderful Life, Great Scott, Three Decembers, Out of Darkness: Two Remain, and the choral opera, The Radio Hour, among others. He has also composed nearly 300 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas – most created with writers Terrence McNally or Gene Scheer – have been produced on five continents. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast throughout the United States as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and released on DVD (EuroArts). Dead Man Walking (McNally) has received nearly 50 international productions and has been recorded twice. Three Decembers has received nearly 20 international productions. The composer was recently awarded the Eddie Medora King prize from the UT Austin Butler School of Music, and the Champion Award from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. A Guggenheim Fellow, Heggie has served as a mentor for the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative and is a frequent guest artist at universities, conservatories and festivals throughout the USA and Canada. He and Gene Scheer are currently at work on If I Were You, based on the Faustian story by Julian Green, for the Merola Opera Program’s 2019 season.


This residency is made possible by Mary Cranker and her generous donations to the Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Endowment.