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Opera Gospel: A Fusion Event

Feb. 9
7 p.m.
$40; $55 reserved seating
Gospel, Opera

Legendary Twin Cities composer and musician J.D. Steele is part of the family gospel group the Steeles, has performed on Broadway in The Gospel of Colonus, has worked with people like Prince and George Clinton, and has directed musical ensembles from the Twin Cities to Nairobi. Here he teams up with Out of the Box Opera’s artistic director David Lefkowich for a mashup: a little Verdi and Puccini here, a bit of Edwin Hawkins there, and a dash of Quincy Jones and Curtis Mayfield. The idea is to shift traditional notions of what opera is supposed to be and where it’s supposed to take place. At the Weisman, Steele will present an original piece he composed. His brother Fred Steele will provide accompaniment, and there will be performances by the Mill City Singers and MacPhail Community Youth Choir, two groups that J.D. Steele directs. Find tickets and more info at www.outoftheboxopera.com.