Applause for Rhodes’ Contribution to SCOTT JOPLIN AND TREEMONISHA


Publication Date: 2/5/2009

“The partnership between Rhodes College and Opera Memphis in developing SCOTT JOPLIN AND TREEMONISHA has provided a unique opportunity for three of the college’s flagship programs to be involved in almost every aspect of the production,” wrote Alexandra Felger ’07 in the show’s playbill.
Those flagship programs include the Rhodes Institute of Regional Studies, the Mike Curb Institute for Music and the Center for the Outreach and Development of the Arts.  Rhodes Theatre Chair David Jilg served as liaison between Rhodes and Opera Memphis and mentored three Rhodes students, La’Sandria Ward ’09, Katie Grills ’10 and Natalija Kokoreva ’10, in developing a preliminary costume design for the production.

SCOTT JOPLIN AND TREEMONISHA is the Opera Memphis adaptation of TREEMONISHA, the first of two operas Joplin composed. It premiered to a packed house January 24 at Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre, with several members from the Rhodes community in attendance.

Says Maestro Rick Benjamin, who orchestrated and conducted the music for the production, “The  performances, direction, design, sets, costumes, lighting and stage management all came together to form something quite magical.” Benjamin has conducted six other TREEMONISHA productions, but says the Memphis production was the best.