Sunday, June 28, 1:00PM (doors open at noon)
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
$26 in advance, $28 at the door
Anaîs Mitchell’s Folk Opera
featuring the Hadestown Orchestra with Michael Chorney, Todd Sickafoose , Jenny Scheinman, Marika Hughes, Eric Garland, Rob Reich, Darren Johnston
If you were lucky enough to catch Anaïs Mitchell’s recent solo show at the Freight, you already know she’s a huge talent, and this afternoon she returns with the star-studded Hadestown Orchestra to perform her brilliant folk opera, Hadestown, which sets the story of Orpheus and Eurydice in America during the Great Depression and gives Orpheus a banjo instead of a lyre. This performance comes at the tail end of a Hadestown workshop at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, and will feature new songs and arrangements from the expanded Hadestown theater show. The Hadestown Orchestra, led by arranger Michael Chorney, and featuring the album’s producer Todd Sickafoose on bass, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Marika Hughes on cello, Eric Garland on trombone, Rob Reich on accordion, and Darren Johnston on drums, will accompany Anaïs.
Hadestown received a delirious reception when the album was released in 2010. The Guardian gave it their highest rating, calling it “joyful and witty.” PopMatters hailed it as “an Americana classic that doesn’t require a Classics degree to appreciate.” Anaïs, said the website Drowned In Sound, “traverses such a sweeping range of emotions, genres, and styles over the course of Hadestown, it’s frankly remarkable that the whole thing works at all. That it works so brilliantly well, that in under an hour it creates a world you’ll want to return to time and time again, that it is a glittering model of the form - of collaboration itself - is nothing short of awe-inspiring.”
Today at the Freight you have a chance to see brilliant musicians perform a brilliant work of art. Don’t miss it!