The Song Poet at the Minnesota Opera including a talk with Kao Kalia Yang '03
Carls in the Twin Cities invite you to a
Minnesota Opera performance of
The Song Poet
with a pre-show reception and talk
with Kao Kalia Yang '03
Thursday, March 23, 2023
6:00 p.m. welcome reception, 6:20 p.m. pre-show talk, 7:30 opera
MN Opera Center
620 North First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Join our hosts, Minnesota Opera board members and Carleton alumni Jeninne McGee '85 and Bart Reed '90, for a night at the opera, preceded by a welcome reception and talk with Kao Kalia Yang '03.
The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir The Song Poet comes to life in this world premiere. It tells the story of Yang’s family and her song poet father as war drives them from the mountains of Laos into a Thai refugee camp and ultimately on to the challenging world of life as an immigrant. With his poetry, Kalia’s father inspires hope in his family, polishing their reality so that they might shine. Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.
We have a limited number of reserved seats for this sold out show.
Cost: The event is sold out.
Directions and parking: Visit the Luminary Arts Center webpage for information on parking and accessibility.
Kao Kalia Yang '03 is a Hmong-American writer and author of the memoirs The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, The Song Poet, and Somewhere in the Unknown World. Yang is also the author of the children’s books A Map Into the World, The Shared Room, The Most Beautiful Thing, and Yang Warriors. Yang’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, as Notable Books by the American Library Association, Kirkus Best Books of the Year, the Heartland Bookseller’s Award, and garnered four Minnesota Book Awards.
Questions? Email Alumni Relations or call 800-729-2586.