A man. A woman. A lawsuit.
“Mackris v. Oâ€™Reilly” is an oratorio for 31-piece chamber orchestra, 32-voice chorus and three soloists (soprano, tenor and baritone) set to the original court complaint filed against pundit, Bill Oâ€™Reilly, on October 13, 2004 and Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s on-air settlement announcement given on October 29, 2004. The style of the piece is a traditional neo-baroque that makes the most of the oratorio format. Its 31 parts include seven chorales, two madrigals, three choruses (parts of the chorus matched up with components from the orchestra), four stand-alone recitatives, two instrumental entrances and numerous arias. All of these parts add up to a two-hour running time.
“Mackris v. O’Reilly” makes its world premeire at Meany Hall on January 12 & 13 at 7:30 pm in Seattle. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.
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