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Thank you to all who attended!

American premiere

(Original Title: Acante et Céphise, or La Sympathie)  

In French, with English supertitles


Starring: Rachelle Durkin (Céphise), Ted Schmitz (Acante), Jorell Williams (Génie), Sarah Wolfson (Zirphile) and Brenda Patterson (Grand Priestess).

Conductor: Christine Brandes

Director: Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Choreographer: Maria Daniel

Featuring a resident Ensemble from Early Music Access Project, led by David McCormick

It’s easy to say “I know how you feel.” It’s easy to express compassion and to join a cause for righteousness. But who gets hurt in the process? If some of us are in the right, then some must be in the wrong. Right?

VHO unites the driving pulse of the Baroque with high-octane hip hop dance in an opera by the first guy to drop the bass! Don't believe us? Hear it for yourself:

Sympathy is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band, the University of Virginia Office of the Provost, and Media Sponsor The New WVTF Music: Charlottesville 89.7FM