Grand Opening Evening Event: Cabinet of Curiosities

September 22nd, 2018 | Starts at: 7:30 pm | RCU Theatre

Grand Opening Celebration: Cabinet of Curiosities

When night falls the mood shifts, and the curtain rises on a gala event designed to dazzle and inspire. The RCU stage is the setting for Cabinet of Curiosities, a theatrical and musical celebration of the nature of wonder.

The evening begins with a new look at the world surrounding us; Terrene, a Pablo Center commissioned world premier work pairing images by designer/sculptor/puppeteer Chris M. Green with the music of UW Eau Claire resident composer Chiayu Hsu. As stunningly played by the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Terrene is a peek through the looking glass – an unfolding collection of natural and musical wonders, inviting you to take a closer look.

The second half of the program unleashes an elusive creature of myth. Gloriously staged by Chris Green, Firebird is a lush puppet and dance masterpiece telling the epic tale of Prince Ivan, the magical firebird, and the struggle between good and evil. Integrating light, puppetry, and Stravinsky’s thrilling music, the production combines the talents of the versatile Chris M. Green as director and designer; acclaimed choreographer David Neumann; and lighting designer Clifton Taylor, whose credits range from Broadway to opera to dance. Originally commissioned New York’s The Little Orchestra Society and played to perfection by the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, the legendary Firebird burns brightly on the Pablo Center stage.

Tickets starting at $30.