Book of Longing

2022 Austin Chamber Music Festival

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ACMC presents Book of Longing, a song cycle by Philip Glass based on the poetry and artwork of Leonard Cohen. Conductor Andreas Mitisek returns to the Festival to lead eight instrumentalists as well as singers from Austin’s own LOLA.

Advance tickets on sale now. Save up to 30% on your tickets by getting a discount package of 3+ Festival concerts. Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $30 General Admission, and $55 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office on the evening of the concert. The box office will open at 6:30 PM that day. If you prefer to watch online, please select a virtual ticket. Virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale and provide on-demand access starting the Monday after the concert until the end of July.

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Program

Prologue: I Can’t Make the Hills
I Came Down from the Mountain
A Sip of Wine
Want to Fly
The Light Came Through the Window
Puppet Time
G-d Opened My Eyes
You Go Your Way
I Was Doing Something
Not a Jew
How Much I Love You
Babylon
I Enjoyed the Laughter

INTERMISSION

This Morning I Woke Up Again
I Want to Love You Now
Don’t Have the Proof
The Night of Santiago
Mother Mother
You Came to Me This Morning
I Am Now Able
Roshi’s Very Tired
Epilogue: Merely a Prayer

Andreas Mitisek, conductor & keyboard

Patrice Calixte, violin
Anna Park, cello
Jessica Valls, bass
Michelle Schumann, keyboard I
Tom Burritt, keyboard II & percussion
Jake Lampe, flute, saxophones, bass clarinet
Gabriel Grant, oboe & English horn
Julia Taylor, soprano
Page Stephens, alto
Willie Casper, tenor
Jawan Jenkins, baritone

Andreas Mitisek

Andreas Mitisek is Artistic and General Director of Long Beach Opera, and previously held the same position at Chicago Opera Theater. He served not only as the administrative leader for both companies but is also the driving force behind every new concept and production. His site-specific productions in underground parking garages, swimming pools, night clubs, warehouses and the Port of Los Angeles have become a successful hallmark of his work.

Mitisek was honored by the Chicago Tribune in 2014 as the Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music. He has been named by Opera News as one of the 25 people that will be a major force in the field of opera in the coming decade. The Chicago Reader included him in the 2013 Top 50 Chicago People. Mitisek was named LA Tastemaker by LA Times Magazine in 2009, Arts Leader of the Year by the Long Beach Arts Council in 2009, and was highlighted as one of the “2012 People” by LA WEEKLY. A native of Vienna, he served as Artistic & Music Director of the Wiener Operntheater from 1990 to 1997.

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