Modern Times: Dreams of the Absurd
4pm, Saturday, March 18

"I could not be more excited to direct Beckett's Act Without Words I for Bard Music West. Luna Pearl Woolf's remarkable music makes the piece into a surrealist mute opera that will fill the audience with wonder and confusion, sadness and laughter as only Samuel Beckett can provide."
- Mark Streshinsky, stage director

"In [pianist] Lucille Chung's outstanding recording of Ligeti's artistic evolution is music to dazzle, provoke, and delight." 
- Gramophone

Experience ideas that fascinated Ligeti throughout his life: theatricality, absurdity, and the mechanical devices of modern society. Then discover the music of Luna Pearl Woolf, our first commissioned composer in residence, in a special production of Samuel Beckett’s mime play, Act Without Words I, directed by West Edge Opera’s Mark Streshinsky. Luna Pearl Woolf is a Montreal-based composer whose work has been described by the New York Times as “by turns blazingly ardent and softly haunting.” Pianist Lucille Chung ends the program with dazzling Ligeti études.

Lucille Chung's performances are sponsored by the Ross McKee Foundation.

Purchase tickets in advance and save $5 off the door price.


Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen (Fairy tales) for clarinet, viola, and piano
Reading: Short stories by Gyula Krúdy
György Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre—Three arias from Le grande macabre
Film: Scenes from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times
Ligeti: Continuum for solo harpsichord
Samuel Beckett: Act Without Words I (with world-premiere of score by Luna Pearl Woolf for solo clarinet)
Ligeti: Études for Piano (selections)