LSU Opera performs Beatrice et Benedict in 2015.

Art and music collide at LSU Opera concert this weekend

Art, music, history and literature will converge in spectacular form at LSU Opera’s concert Opera Now!, set for this Friday night, April 15, and Sunday afternoon, April 17.

Mixing the old with the new, Opera Now! celebrates 21st-century American opera with vignettes inspired by classic stories in the form of artworks, novels and more.

The concert will showcase a whimsical interpretation of Later the Same Evening, an opera by John Musto that tells a story of five famous Edward Hopper paintings. Opera Now! also takes on somber themes drawn from the American Civil War, the Great Depression and the Holocaust. A vignette from Ricky Ian Gordon’s 2007 opera The Grapes of Wrath is a new spin on the famous 1939 novel by John Steinback. Performers will offer a taste of Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, based on the novel about the Civil War. Finally, the show includes a piece from Out of Darkness, created by Jake Heggie to commemorate the Holocaust.

Tickets are $20 for the public, $15 for LSU faculty and staff, and $12 for students. To purchase tickets, visit, or call 225-578-3527.