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.