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Vagabond Opera

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"A modern spin on Balkan music, operatic singing, Klezmer and cabaret"–Global Notes

European Cabaret! Vintage Americana! Balkan Belly Dance! Neo-Classical Opera! Old World Yiddish Theater! You'll hear it all in the music of the six-piece, Portland, Oregon-based Vagabond Opera. The group delivers passionate offerings of Bohemian cabaret for young and old. Paris hot jazz, gutbucket swing, tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, klezmer, and vigorous originals meet a world of riverboat gambling queens, Turkish belly dancers, and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich. Weaving elements of Kurt Weill, Duke Ellington, and Edith Piaf with absurdist flair, theatrics, and an old-world mood, Vagabond Opera presents the new wave of opera–lusty voices singing in 13 languages and presenting a cabaret of rich musical phrasing, sparkling lyrics, and indomitable stage presence, all played with exuberance, skill, and the gritty Vagabond edge. This is opera liberated and reinvented for everyone! The band’s lineup features four vocalists, including trained operatic tenor and soprano vocals, accordion, tenor saxophone, clarinet, two cellos, stand-up bass, and drums
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  • General Admission: $15, Reserved: $22

When and Where

Off Campus Location - The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

January 2013


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