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26 May 2021 Comments Off on Anne LeBaron ‘The Double Helix’ from ‘LSD: Huxley’s Last Trip’ with the Partch Ensemble Views: 457 CE News

Anne LeBaron ‘The Double Helix’ from ‘LSD: Huxley’s Last Trip’ with the Partch Ensemble

Anne LeBaron with kithara, instrument by Harry Partch

The Double Helix, a new scene composed for Anne LeBaron’s opera LSD: Huxley’s Last Trip, will be recorded by the Partch Ensemble and streamed from REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 June, 8:30 PM (PDT).

In this scene, Francis Crick and James Watson (TJ Troy, Fahad Siadat) celebrate their discovery of DNA at the Eagle Pub in Cambridge, England. Crick reveals that while under the influence of LSD, he visualized the double helix structure for the first time. Patrons at the bar comment on his revelation, while LSD, in the guise of a soprano (Laura Bohn), hovers nearby.

In LSD: Huxley’s Last Trip, iconic figures such as Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, Timothy Leary, and JFK’s mistress Mary Meyer, along with the CIA’s MK-ULTRA program, represent the powerful cultural, political, and spiritual forces set into motion by Albert Hofmann’s discovery of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. 

This opera is currently in development with initial support from Opera America’s Discovery Grant. The instrumentation is for microtonal instruments designed by the American composer and inventor Harry Partch and a chamber group of winds, strings, piano and percussion. Additional excerpts from the opera have been performed at venues in Los Angeles with the PARTCH Ensemble: at REDCAT, at the Wallis Annenberg Theater and at the Schindler House. The libretto is by Gerd Stern, Edward Rosenfeld and Anne LeBaron.   

Composers Edition looks forward to seeing this fascinating new production by Anne LeBaron and team and to publishing its music score in due course.

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