PREVIEW: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

Roomful of Teeth

On March 15th and 16th, UMS presents a new work by highly sought-after composer Bryce Dessner composed for Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. “Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)” is a co-commission by major orchestras, opera houses, and presenters from around the world, and features the deeply affective photography of the late Robert Mapplethorpe alongside libretto by Kodak Arlington Tuttle with words by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith.

The work will be 70 minutes in length without intermission and is playing for two nights only at the Power Center. This event promises to be a deeply moving exploration of identity through music spanning a wide variety of styles and genres, poetry, and photography. Roomful of Teeth and Bryce Dessner are among the most brilliant musicians active in the contemporary classical music world today, and this special performance is not to be missed!

The performance will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th, at the Power Center at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased here or at the UMS ticket office.


A note about “Triptych” from the University Musical Society: Triptych will contain a frank discussion of sexuality, queer identity, and race, and may include photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe depicting sexuality, sexual acts, nudity, flowers, and classical portraiture.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait.


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