I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky

The concert staging by Long Beach Opera at the Ford marks the Southern CA premiere of Adams’ opera-musical theater hybrid about the Northridge quake.
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LOS ANGELES - July 29, 2014 - PRLog -- Southern CA premiere of I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, composed by John Adams, with a libretto by June Jordan, and performed by Long Beach Opera — Titled after a quote from someone who experienced the 1994 Northridge earthquake firsthand, the story is set amid the aftermath of L.A.’s last mega quake. Seven young, diverse Angelenos are intertwined on their journey toward love and self-discovery. Adams’ opera-musical theater hybrid is a modern day The Threepenny Opera that weds blues, gospel, minimalism, funk and pop.

Rich with the sounds and rhythms of American urban life, this “song play” uses the Northridge quake as a starting point to explore issues of race, gender and immigration among young Angelenos. Adams himself compares the spirit of the work, performed by musical theater singers and accompanied by three keyboards and a rock band formation, toKurt Weill'sThe Threepenny Opera. TheBoston Globe has described it as some of “the most successful crossover music written in our time.”

“Music is an art form about feeling,” Adams said in an interview. “I think we tend to forget that, particularly in the era of modernism where music has become very much a kind of intellectual activity.”

I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky takes place onSaturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. The Ford Theatres are located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway, between Hollywood Blvd. and Barham Blvd. in the Cahuenga Pass. Tickets are $100, $80 and $60 (reserved seating), with aVIP package available for $125 that includes premium seating, a choice of wine or beer, and on site parking. A $5 discount is available with advance purchase by Aug. 16. For more information and to purchase tickets call (323) 461-3673 (323 GO 1-FORD).

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