UCCS Music Program

Aeneas in the Underworld

Aeneas in the Underworld

March 18, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Chapman Foundations Recital Hall

Begun as a collaboration between Assistant Professor Colin McAllister and composer Christopher Adler in 2006, Aeneas in the Underworld is an ambitious and unique project combining oratory and music for a solo performer who recites the sixth book of Virgil's epic story, Aeneid, in the original Latin, while playing a guitar (which is subject to drastic retuning, preparations and playing implements). The soloist, embodying the extraordinary mastery of Aeneas, the hero, is accompanied by a second guitarist, string quartet and electronics. The story recounts the hero's descent into the underworld and fateful meeting with the shade of his father, which reveals to the hero the future glories of Rome. Projected subtitles will feature a brand new English translation by Colorado College classicist Khang Le, commissioned specifically for this production.

featuring Colin McAllister, guitar and Latin orator
Pablo Gómez Cano, guitar
The Veronika String Quartet

Christopher Adler, Aeneas in the Underworld (2010-18)
Act I: The Caves of Cumae
Scene 1: The Caves of Cumae
Scene 2: Aeneas' Prayer
Scene 3: The Prophecy
Scene 4: The Golden Bough

Act II: The Underworld
Scene 1: Acheron
Scene 2: Rhadamantus et Tisiphone
Scene 3: Infelix Dido

Act III: Elysium
Scene 1: Songs Worthy of Phoebus
Scene 2: Anchises and the Parade of Heroes

FREE Admission

Christopher Adler

Colin McAllister
Pablo Gómez Cano
Veronika String Quartet

Total concert time including intermission – 70 minutes