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TALK: Chic Collaborations

Saturday: 23 February 2019
12 noon, Club Room
Free to Members (£5.00 Guests)

Speaker: Dr Christopher Breward

Four Saints in Three Acts was an extraordinary opera premiered at the Wadsworth Atheneum,

Hartford and on Broadway in 1934 to popular and critical acclaim. A collaboration between writer

Gertrude Stein, composer Virgil Thomson, artist Florine Stettheimer, choreographer Frederick

Ashton, curator Chic Austin, photographer Lee Miller and an African- American cast from Harlem it

deserves to be better known. Fortunately, a recent exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery

has brought its striking sound and imagery to a new British audience.

In this lecture, Dr Christopher Breward will reveal the gossip, creativity and subversive intent that lay

behind the opera’s artistic and commercial success.

Earlier Event: February 13
TALK: Mapping the Isles
Later Event: February 24
Musical Miscellany No. 4