Talking about art with Jacob Bancks
In partnership with the non-profit organization Living Proof Exhibit, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra has commissioned a new opera, Karkinoscomposed by Dr. Jacob Bancks which will be performed on February 12, 2022.
With soprano Sarah Shafer like the Empress, mezzo-soprano Kelly Hill like the Maid and baritone NathanielSullivan as an angel, the opera tells the story of an empress who is forced to do battle with an invisible monster, Karkinos. This multimedia work also features dancers and choristers from Augustana, in addition to a chamber orchestra.
The epic battle against Karkinos, which translates to cancer in Greek, is an apt metaphor for an opera commissioned by Living Proof Exhibitionan organization dedicated to bringing the therapeutic benefits of the arts to those affected by cancer.
Listen to the conversation here with Dr. Jacob Bankscomposer and associate professor of music at Augustana College, on the many deeply meaningful conversations he had with cancer survivors and their families that inspired him to create this work, the challenge inherent in writing a libretto in addition to musical composition, and why opera is an accessible art form that everyone should enjoy.
The show will take place on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center, 3600 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, IL at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert conversation will take place one hour before the performance for the participants. Living Proof Exhibit will also host an in-hall art exhibit that can be viewed before and after the performance. In-person and live + digital access tickets can be purchased here.