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Swede Hollow Opera (Performance)
November 4, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
On December 11, 1956 the City of Saint Paul evicted the residents of Swede Hollow and burned their homes to the ground. Their stories, and those of earlier Swede Hollow residents, became the subject of Ann Millikan’s opera, SWEDE HOLLOW, an opera that weaves back and forth through time following the lives of fictionalized Swedish, Italian, and Mexican immigrants who made their home in Swede Hollow during its 100-year history. The opera’s final chorus, Dakota Land, celebrates the original inhabitants of the region with a text by Anishinabe poet Marcie R. Rendon.
SWEDE HOLLOW premiered in 2012 in Swede Hollow Park. Because 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the burning of Swede Hollow, we are commemorating that history, reintroducing the opera with new material, and recording the work for CD release.
Two nights only: November 4 and 5, 8PM.
CD Release Party: December 11.
Reservations via brownpapertickets.com. $10 – $20 suggested donation or pay-as-you-are-able. All are welcome, no one turned away for lack of funds.