2016 was an amazing year for us all because you, BBE family!
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This landmark production of Scotland's first opera, The Gentle Shepherd, marks the first time since 1798 that the show has been seen in North America. The BBE performed to sold out audiences in Chicago on September 24 and 25. Learn more about this wonderful story of two shepherd couples as they pursue love, happiness, and what matters most in life.
A three-part BBE and DePaul Humanities Center Collaboration
After a screening of the 2015 movie, “The Martian,” the evening continues with live performances on period instruments of “The Descent of Mars” from Jean Baptiste Lully’s Thésée (1675) as well as music composed by Vicenzo Galilei (Galileo’s father).
After a screening of the film, "First Orbit" (2011), that tells the real-time story of Gagarin’s flight, the BBE will premiere a new work by composer Mark Nowakowski’s inspired by orbits.
After a screening of A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, 1902), the BBE will perform Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata,” as well as the aria “O Luna Lucent” from Joseph Haydn's opera Il mondo della luna and Bellini's "Vaga luna, che inargenti."