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Join us for the exciting world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene this June! Shrouded in mystery and controversy, the fascinating story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene has long intrigued scholars, historians and religious groups, inciting debates and discussions. We invite you to embark on a journey of discovery and attend special events hosted by our community partners for an illuminating exploration of various related issues and the making of the opera—with performances, lectures and activities leading up to the opera’s premiere and beyond.
 
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Myths and Mysteries of Mary Magdalene with Kayleen Asbo, MA

April 16, 2013, 10:15am| April 23, 2013, 10:15am| April 30, 2013, 10:15am| May 7, 2013, 10:15am| May 14, 2013, 10:15am|
May 21, 2013, 10:15am


Location: OLLI, Dominican University of California

 

The greatest of all the disciples or reformed prostitute? Contemplative ascetic or bride of Christ? From Donatello to Dan Brown, Giotto to the Gnostic Gospels, Rilke to Rodin, we will marvel at how this pivotal woman is a mirror of the sacred across time as an image of both spirituality and sensuality. Six classes.

OLLI, Dominican University of California, Marin County
Basic Annual Membership Fee: $30
Course Fee: $120
First-time OLLI members receive $60 off the course fee of $120

Register by mail or phone:
Registration begins March 25, 2013 for Basic Members. Early registration is recommended. All members must register by the first day of the course(s). To register by phone with a credit card please call (415) 458-3763. To register by mail please print a registration form from domincan.edu/osher and mail it in with a check to the address indicated on the registration form. To receive a brochure, please send your mailing address to olli@dominican.edu.

domincan.edu/osher

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Stanford Women's Club of San Francisco Lecture

April 24, 2013, 6:30pm


Location: Fort Mason, Room C370
San Francisco

 

Women in Early Christianity

Stanford professor Dr. Kirsti Barrett Copeland is a lecturer in the Stanford Department of Religious Studies. 
Dr. Copeland explores the roles of Mary Magdalene and the other female characters in the early Christian community, as described in the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and also as portrayed in the non-canonical Gospels of Mary, Phillip and Thomas.

Stanford club member $10; non-members $15.

alumni.stanford.edu/goto/springlectures

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Mary Magdalene Weekend at herchurch

April 27, 2013, 2:00pm


Location: herchurch (the purple church)
A Woman’s Eye Gallery Annex
678 Portola Drive
San Francisco

 

In the A Woman’s Eye Gallery Annex, several poets will present their new works on Mary Magdalene. Judith Lavender Dancer will provide improvisational dance and will lead the gathering through a maze of original modern Magdalene iconography.

The afternoon is curated by poet Kit Kennedy and will include wine and Hors d'oeuvres as well as conversation with the poets.

Free to the public.

herchurch.org

Image by Mayra Tielford.
 

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Mary Magdalene Weekend at herchurch: The Mary Magdalene Stories

April 28, 2013, 2:00pm


Location: herchurch (the purple church)
678 Portola Drive
San Francisco
www.herchurch.org

 

The Mary Magdalene Stories—a musical by Katie Ketchum presented by herchurch—features Mary Magdalene in her many roles throughout "herstory." The musical features a bevy of traditional biblical characters, and some not so traditional characters, including a Jewish follower, an Egyptian goddess initiate, a prostitute, and a present day rapper—all passionately played by one person: Katie Ketchum.

Local scholars will be available for conversation during the reception.

Free to the public.

herchurch.org

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Free Teleseminar: The Myths of Mary Magdalene

May 1, 2013, 7:00pm


Location: Teleseminar

 

Join cultural historian, musician and professor Kayleen Asbo for a free introductory teleseminar introducing the many diverse portrayals of Mary Magdalene, from Orthodox apostle to Medieval penitent sinner to Gnostic embodiment of wisdom.

FREE to the public

For information and to enroll, visit at kayleenasbo.com/mary-magdalene

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Opera Theatre Performance—San Francisco Conservatory of Music

May 3, 2013, 7:30pm| May 5, 2013, 2:00pm


Location: SF Conservatory of Music
Concert Hall
50 Oak Street

 

Mark Adamo’s opera The Little Women will be performed in a fully-staged production by students of the Conservatory’s Opera Theatre program (piano accompaniment.)

Registration and information: Free, no ticket required. More information at sfcm.edu/performance-calendar.

 

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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco presents: A Discussion on Mary Magdalene

May 5, 2013, 2:00pm


Location: The C.J. Jung Institute of San Francisco

 

Jungian analysts Karlyn Ward and Janet Robinson will explore the psychological and archetypal meaning of Mary Magdalene in Mark Adamo's opera and John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary, with selected art and music.

A wine & cheese reception will follow the presentation.

Free to members of Friends of the Institute
$20 non-members/$10 students & interns

To register:  www.marymagdalenearchetype.eventbrite.com.
Register between March 10–May 1.

sfjung.org



Icon of St. Mary Magdalene used by permission of the artist.
 

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Stanford Women's Club of San Francisco

May 7, 2013, 6:30pm


Location: Fort Mason, Room C370

 

The Magdalene Figure in Religion, Art and Culture

Dr. Barbara Pitkin will focus on the figure of Mary Magdalene in religion, art and culture from the Middle Ages to the present.

Stanford club member $10; non-members $15.

alumni.stanford.edu/goto/springlectures

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San Francisco Opera Guild's East Bay Chapter presents: An Afternoon with Mark Adamo


Location: Del Valle Clubhouse,
Rossmoor Senior Community

 

May 19, 2pm

San Francisco Opera’s Director of Music Administration, Kip Cranna, will interview composer and librettist Mark Adamo about the creation of his new opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, which will receive its world premiere in June. You may engage Mr. Adamo in conversation and ask questions.

As a special treat, baritone Austin Kness, a former Adler Fellow, accompanied by Matthew Piatt, will sing arias from Mary Magdalene and other selections.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by San Francisco Opera Guild, East Bay Chapter and Rossmoor Opera and Ballet Club.

Ticket price: $30 ($20 for Rossmoor Opera and Ballet Club members)
Advance reservation requested.

Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Opera Guild’s in-school opera programs, and the Merola Opera and Adler Fellowship Programs for young singers.

Reservations: Silvia Lin, (925) 838-9255 or LLLLL@juno.com

sfopera.com/AfternoonWithMarkAdamo

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Grace Cathedral Class: Who is Mary Magdalene?

May 19, 2013, 4:30pm


Location: Grace Cathedral
Chapter Room

 

A general overview of Mary Magdalene’s place in text, tradition and history. 

gracecathedral.org

Free to all, donations gratefully accepted.

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Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Presents: Previewing The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

May 19, 2013, 7:00pm


Location: Kanbar Hall, JCCSF

 

Composer and librettist Mark Adamo will discuss the process that led to this inevitable and fascinating reinterpretation of the New Testament figure, Mary Magdalene, who is at the heart of one of the world’s most controversial mythologies of the last two millennia. Featuring musical excerpts and the stars of the world premiere opera, soprano Sasha Cooke (Mary Magdalene) and baritone Nathan Gunn (Yeshua). Moderated by San Francisco Opera’s Director of Music Administration, Dr. Clifford (Kip) Cranna.

$22 JCCSF members; $25 standard
jccsf.org/arts

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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene: Vision and Inspiration--CANCELLED


Location: TBD

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene: Vision and Inspiration

St. John's Episcopal Church presents a conversation between composer and librettist Mark Adamo and Kayleen Asbo, MA.

Suggested donation: $10

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Grace Cathedral Class: The Textual Magdalene: Apostle or Prostitute?

May 26, 2013, 4:30pm


Location: Grace Cathedral
Chapter Room

 

An examination of how the character of Mary Magdalene is portrayed across a variety of early Christian literatures.

gracecathedral.org

Free to all, donations gratefully accepted.

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San Francisco Opera Guild's Peninsula Chapter presents: An Afternoon with Mark Adamo


Location: San Francisco Opera Guild Peninsula Chapter
Los Altos Hills residence

 

May 26, 2013, 2pm
 
sfopera.com/anafternoonwithmarkadamo

San Francisco Opera’s Director of Music Administration Dr. Clifford (Kip) Cranna will interview composer and librettist Mark Adamo about the making of his new opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, which will receive its world premiere  in June. Adamo is a "brilliant theater composer" (The New Yorker)—his Little Women is the most frequently performed new opera of the past 20 years.
 
Baritone Austin Kness (Adler Fellow 2009 and 2010) who sang the lead role of Yeshua in the San Francisco Opera workshop of Mary Magdalene, will sing arias from Mary Magdalene and other selections.
 
After check-in, enjoy champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds benefit the San Francisco Opera Guild’s Music-in-the-Schools programs and the Merola Opera Program for young singers.
 
Reservations required by May 20: Space is limited.
Mail the form with your check to Samira Parekh Jones, 21 Willow Road #36, Menlo Park, CA 94025. She can be reached at samiraopera@yahoo.com.
 
Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation with directions. Since this is not a ticketed event, names will be held at the door.
 
Cost: $50–$150.  Invite friends—non-members are welcome!
 
Contact: Judy Kahn at 650-948-8881 or judith.kahn@comcast.net for more information.
 

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The Forum at Grace Cathedral presents: Mary Magdalene in Text and History

June 2, 2013, 9:30am


Location: Grace Cathedral
Gresham Hall

 

Professor Rebecca Lyman, Professor Kate Cooper, and The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Dean of Grace Cathedral, discuss the non-canonical Gospel of Mary, its place in early Christianity and the role of women in the early churches.

gracecathedral.org/forum

Free to all, donations gratefully accepted.

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Grace Cathedral Class: The Power Struggle over Mary Magdalene

June 2, 2013, 4:30pm


Location: Grace Cathedral
Chapter Room

 

A discussion of how and why The Gospel of Mary and other early Christian literature didn't make it into the Bible.

gracecathedral.org

Free to all, donations gratefully accepted.

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Contemporary Images of Mary Magdalene in Music, Art, Poetry and Film with Kayleen Asbo

June 5, 2013, 10:00am| June 12, 2013, 10:00am| June 19, 2013, 10:00am| June 26, 2013, 10:00am


Location: OLLI, UC Berkeley

 

Mary Magdalene has been one of the most controversial, paradoxical and beloved figures of the New Testament.  Throughout history she has been characterized as the Apostle to the Apostles, a wealthy disciple, a model of the contemplative life, a penitent sinner, an ascetic hermit and a prostitute. In our own times, there has been an explosion of interest in Mary Magdalene in novels, films and music. This four-week OLLI course will explore three foundational myths of Mary Magdalene found in the Canonical Gospels, Medieval legends and the Gnostic texts and see how these each inform the works of contemporary artists, composers and writers. Featured prominently in the class will be Mark Adamo’s opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, John Adams’ oratorio The Gospel of the Other Mary, Peeter Vahi’s Mary Magdalene Gospel, Arvo Pärt’s The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, and the paintings of Johanna Poethig, as well as discussion of the newly discovered controversial papyrus fragment described by Harvard professor Karen King as "The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife." Composer Mark Adamo will be a special guest.

Course Fee: $95 plus OLLI membership $40/$50
Register for the OLLI @Berkeley Summer 2013 term at olli.berkeley.edu

olli.berkeley.edu

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The Forum at Grace Cathedral presents: Mary Magdalene in Arts and Culture

June 9, 2013, 9:30am


Location: Grace Cathedral
Gresham Hall

 

Composer Mark Adamo and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke join The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw to discuss Mary Magdalene as the muse for San Francisco Opera's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Attend on site at Grace Cathedral, or tune in to the live audio webcast or archived recordings at gracecathedral.org/forum.

(415) 749-6300
gracecathedral.org

Free to all, donations gratefully accepted.

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Grace Cathedral Class: Becoming Mary Magdalene: The Evolving Tradition of Mary Magdalene in the West

June 9, 2013, 4:30pm


Location: Grace Cathedral
Chapter Room

 

Why do we find Mary Magdalene so fascinating? How our shifting political and religious landscape has affected our interpretation of Mary Magdalene and her story.

gracecathedral.org

Free to all, donations gratefully accepted.

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San Francisco Opera Guild Preview Lectures


Location: East Bay, Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco and Peninsula Guild Chapters

 

Presented by local Guild Chapters (East Bay, Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco and Peninsula) and the San Jose Opera Guild, Dr. Lynne Morrow will give in-depth previews of the opera at various Bay Area locations.

June 10–13

Marin Chapter: Mon, June 10, 8pm
San Jose Opera Guild: Tue, June 11, 10am
Peninsula Chapter: Tue, June 11, 7:30pm
San Francisco Chapter: Wed, June 12, 12pm
East Bay Chapter: Wed, June 12, 8pm
Sonoma Chapter: Thu, June 13, 10:30am

Location and admission fee vary per chapter
For details: sfopera.com/previews

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Finding the Light Within: Mary Magdalene and the Labyrinth; a One-Day Workshop with Veriditas Master Teacher Kayleen Asbo

June 15, 2013, 9:30am


Location: Grace Cathedral

 

The Gnostic texts depict Mary Magdalene as the "Woman Who Knew All," an intimate companion of Jesus who had realized her full humanity and who taught a path of contemplative connection with the divine. In this one-day workshop at Grace Cathedral, we will explore the Gnostic perspective on Mary Magdalene and learn ancient spiritual practices for discovering our own inner light, including Lectio Divina, art meditation, journaling, and labyrinth walking. This serves as a qualifying workshop for Veriditas Facilitator training.

Fee: $150
Register at veriditas.org/calendar
veriditas.org

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Guild Insight Panel


Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St

 

Delve into the making of the opera in an informal panel discussion among members of the artistic and creative teams.

June 17, 6pm

FREE to Opera members and subscribers; $5 general public
sfopera.com/insights

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Pre-Opera Talks with Pianist Sarah Cahill


Location: War Memorial Opera House

 

Enrich your experience of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at a pre-performance lecture, held 55 minutes prior to curtain in the Opera House auditorium.

June 19
June 22
June 25
June 28
July 2
July 5
July 7


FREE to ticket-holders
sfopera.com/operatalks

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Post-Performance Discussions with Professor Kayleen Asbo


Location: War Memorial Opera House

 

Join cultural historian and mythologist Kayleen Asbo for an engaging discussion immediately following each performance of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

June 19
June 22
June 25
June 28
July 2
July 5
July 7

FREE to ticket-holders

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Opera on the Couch

July 7, 2013, 5:00pm


Location: Books Inc., Opera Plaza

 

Immediately following the Sunday matinee performance of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, members of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis will discuss the opera’s theme from a psychoanalytic perspective.

FREE and open to the public.


 

  

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