Stephen Roddy, professor of modern and classical languages at the University of San Francisco, takes us through the storyline of the San Francisco Opera’s world premiere commission of Dream of the Red Chamber, based on the classic Qing-dynasty novel. He will be joined by composer Bright Sheng to talk about the inspirations behind the music and give guests the inside scoop on how the story evolved into an opera.
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
Dubbed “the boy Billie Holiday,” Coco Zhao performs an intimate set of original works and Shanghai jazz favorites in conjunction with special exhibition Shanghai. Jazz thrived in Shanghai’s colorful cabarets and dance halls during the '20s and '30s. Suppressed during the Cultural Revolution, it has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to a new generation of young jazz musicians. Zhao cross-pollinates Mandarin vocals with the distinct sounds of contemporary American jazz; a unique heritage (both parents were in traditional Chinese opera) is infused his with youthful interpretations. Zhao’s distinctive style transcends cultures, as evidenced by his sensational reception at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival and his performance at the Kennedy Center.
Students demonstrate mastery of narrative content and develop vocabulary by supplying words deleted from a text of "The Monkey King" story and through an expository writing activity summarizing the "Monkey King" story. Includes a shadow puppet extension activity.