March 1, 2018 paperlesslion

Travel back in time to the inspired gatherings at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where American expatriates Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas hosted luminaries of art and literature such as Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Matisse and Ernest Hemingway.

In 27, composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek explore themes of love, loss, change and art as they tell Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas’ story chronologically, from before World War I through World War II, to Stein’s death and beyond.

The composer himself will conduct the pre-curtain Opera Talks, which begin one hour before each performance. Don’t miss Ricky Ian Gordon’s engaging presentations. (Free to ticketed patrons.)


  • March 2 & 3 at Arthur Miller Theater, Ann Arbor
  • March 10 & 11 at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

For tickets, click here

If you can’t attend in-person, catch the Saturday, March 3 performance via WRCJ 90.9 FM on-line and on-air at 7:30 p.m.

The New York Times: “If the music of Ricky Ian Gordon had to be defined by a single quality, it would be the bursting effervescence infusing songs that blithely blur the lines between art song and the high–end Broadway music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. It’s caviar for a world gorging on pizza!”

From Stephen Lord: “David DiChiera and I have long shared a dedication to developing the next generation of artists. This opera provides the perfect roles to showcase the talent of our studio artists and continues our commitment to the ‘Opera of Our Time’ initiative.”

Presented in partnership with Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.