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UCO School of Music Presents Children's Opera 'Starbird,' Nov. 15-17

A performer dressed as a bird stands to the left of another performer dressed as a dog.

Nov. 8, 2017

Media Contact: Alexis Quinn, Marketing Assistant, UCO School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-5947, aquinn5@uco.edu

UCO School of Music Presents Children’s Opera ‘Starbird,’ Nov. 15-17

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music Opera presents the children’s opera “Starbird” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond.

Set in New York City, “Starbird” follows a dog, a cat and a donkey as they meet by chance one summer evening in Central Park. After falling asleep, they are awakened by the sound of a landing space ship and greeted by the Starbird, whose warnings they ignore. The animals board the ship, hoping it will take them to their new lives.

Soon, the animals realize they are in danger and require saving. They call upon the Starbird for help, and in rescuing the group, the Starbird teaches them a valuable lesson about working with each other’s differences.

“We chose ‘Starbird’ as our fall opera because the storyline and characters are so unique and the music is so beautiful,” said Robert Glaubitz, D.M.A., director of opera at Central. “It’s a great show for kids or adults. My favorite part of working on the opera is watching each singer find their robot or animal character over the rehearsal process.”

Written by Henry Mollicone with libretto by Kate Pogue, “Starbird” has been called a “fetching space-age children’s fable” by Newsweek and “funny for both children and adults” by The Guardian. With the “Starbird” premiere in 1981 came several other one-act operas by Mollicone, including the frequently produced “The Face on the Barroom Floor,” which is performed annually at Central City Opera in Denver.

Tickets for “Starbird” are $10, cash only, and are available at the door.

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit cfad.uco.edu.

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Cutline: From left to right, Megan Perdue and KJ Smith star in "Starbird," presented by the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St in Edmond.