March 6, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Amherst College senior James Orsher will present a performance of his new opera, The Antliaclasts, on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The performance is free and open to the public. There will also be an open dress rehearsal at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 8.

The Antliaclasts
will be directed by Garon Taylor-Tyree '03E; Orsher will conduct. Performers include Amherst students as well as Five-College undergraduates and professional musicians; principal vocalists are Emily Frey '04, Rob Lane '04, Dan Leistra '03, Joshua Mitnick '05, Dave Stasiak '03, Geoffrey Walter '04, Jeffrey Wang '03 and Alexis Weiss '04.

Orsher, a music major, has spent the past academic year composing and producing this hour-long work as his senior thesis. The project represents the culmination of his four years of music instruction at Amherst under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan, as well as a summer position at Glimmerglass Opera Company in Cooperstown, N.Y. The one-act, three-scene opera includes 14 orchestral parts as well as a four-part chorus and eight solo roles. The libretto is adapted from a late 19th-century play of the same name by French playwright Alfred Jarry, translated by Paul Edwards in 1994. Orsher cites Bach, Stravinsky, Ligeti, Holliger, and John Adams among his musical influences.

For further information, contact James Orsher at or 413/542-2426. This project is sponsored by the Amherst College Music Department and the Alpha Delta Phi Fund.