"Buffalo Nation" digs deep into American Plains history
Milwaukee’s Present Music presents Buffalo Nation (Bison bison), a 75-minute work by composer Jerome Kitzke and librettist Kathleen Masterson that illuminates the story of the American Bison from pre-history to present time, including the herd’s late 19th century decimation. Kitzke and Masterson draw from historical records, contemporary ecological writings, contemporary fiction, aural histories of the Great Plains Indian Nations, and from their own imaginations to create a work – for solo singer, actors, sound effects chorus, and instrumentalists – that is both tragic and redemptive. Premiere performances April 14,15; Franklin and Milwaukee, WI.

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