December 15: OneBook LBK Finale! 11:30 a.m. at LHUCA’s Firehouse Theatre
Screening of Bless Me, Ultima – The Opera and discussion with creator Hector Armienta
Bless Me, Ultima – The Opera, by Hector Armienta is based on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel. The opera, which recently had its world premiere in New Mexico and west coast premiere in California, has had sold out performances. Join us as we screen this masterful rendering of the Rudolfo Anaya’s epic novel and then discuss the opera’s creation and interpretation of the story with creator Hector Armienta.
Hector Armienta, a nationally recognized composer, focuses on creating work that explores the Mexican and Mexican-American cultural experience. His awards and commissions include those from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, Opera Pacific, the Pacific Symphony, Opera Southwest, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Western Stage Theater. His work for orchestra, theater, and opera has received support from five NEA grants in artistic excellence. As an opera and music theater composer, he draws on stories and music that represent his bi-cultural roots. His music theater trilogy, Aguas Ancestrales/Ancient Waters, is such an example. Inspired by the life of Mr. Armienta’s grandmother, the trilogy draws upon the natural and spiritual element of water. Parts of the trilogy have been performed by Opera Pacific, Western Stage Theater, The York Theater in New York, Philadelphia’s Center City Opera, and most recently in Barcelona Spain.
Mr. Armienta is also the founder and director of Opera Cultura, whose mission is to explore music theater and opera through a cross-cultural lens. He holds a BM degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Upcoming projects include Zorro – A Mariachi Opera. Opera screening time is one hour and 45 minutes. Discussion will last up to one hour.
Light book-themed refreshments will be served.
For more information call LHUCA at (806) 762-8606 or email Jordan Canal at email@example.com.