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Public Program: Doug Balliett “The Daughters of King Minyas: A Rap Cantata Trilogy”

Sunday, May 14, 2017 2:30 pm

Bloomingdale School of Music
323 W 108th St New York, NY 10025 map

The Daughters of King Minyas is a triptych of 3 interlocking rap cantatas drawn from book IV of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, exploring the tragic stories of Pyramus and Thisbe, Clytie, and Hermaphroditus, all told through the eyes of the Daughters of King Minyas.

The rap cantata is a new type of dramatic storytelling developed by Doug Balliett. In it, the baroque cantata form is given a 21st century reimagining, where rhythmic narration takes the place of recitative, and song takes the place of traditional aria.

Tonight we’ll hear three famous stories from Ovid in this new form: Pyramus and Thisbe, the heartbreaking precursor to Romeo and Juliet, Clytie: a story of where unbridled jealousy can lead, and Hermaphroditus, an almost charming tale of unrequited love with bizarre consequences.



Katherine Copland, soprano

Emi Ferguson, flute

Arthur Sato, oboe

Jordan Dodson, guitar

Ashley Jackson, harp

William Frampton, viola

Paul Dwyer, cello

Doug Balliett, narration, bass, and viola da gamba