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Chesterfield, MO

#1 Jan 18, 2013
Friday, Jan. 18
Laugh until you cry! Enjoy the family-friendly comedy of two nationally-renowned, hilarious storytellers–Donald Davis of North Carolina and Dolores Hydock of Alabama

7 p.m. Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall/$12/Adult $5/Child

Fri 18 & Sat 19
Polar Bluff Black River Coliseum
301 S. Fifth St.
Ag Expo is an annual event acknowledging the importance of agriculture and natural resources in southeast Missouri, and the impact it has on the economy.

The event includes, among other activities: more than 118 exhibits; a toy tractor pedal-pull contest; duck-calling contest; cow-milking contest; beauty pageant; entertainment; FFA tractor-driving contest; and an old-time auction.

Sat 19

Suor Angelica & Dido and Aeneas
Two dramatic one-act operas are combined: Puccini's lush verismo style captures the ambiance of Suor Angelica, the uplifting tale of a miraculous vision, and Percell's masterwork of the Baroque era tells the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneus.

Dido and Aeneas (circa 1688) is one of the earliest operas in the repertoire. The small orchestra, mythic subject matter, use of dance and chorus and the vocal writing style represent characteristics of early opera. Purcell adapted a small portion of the Aeneid, by Virgil, for Dido and Aeneas. It recounts the romantic involvement of of the Trojan warrior, Aeneas, and and the widow Queen of Carthage, Dido. We follow this tragic tale as Dido's servants, and indeed the entire community, urge her to marry Aeneas for her own sake and for political alliance. However, their union is thwarted by a Sorceress and Witches who "hate all those in prosperous state." The forlorn lovers quarrel, and the conflict ends with the famous and beautiful aria for soprano: "Dido's Lament." The ensemble in this show plays a very interesting part: at times they function as a Greek chorus, at other times, they function as townspersons, fellow sailors, etc

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