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McMinnville, OR (1000 Airplanes on the Roof)

May 21


May 20-21, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128

In a once-in-a-lifetime event, 3A performs composer Philip Glass’s one-act sci-fi melodrama beneath the towering Spruce Goose’s tail, commemorating the 75th anniversary of its lone 26-second flight. Set in NYC, the sole character, “M,” recalls encounters with extraterrestrial life forms. Are the surrealistic visions haunting him an accurate recollection of an abduction, part of a drug-induced nightmare, or the beginning of a mental breakdown?  M mirrors builder Howard Hughes’s own mental battles at this nexus of the fragile mind and sky.

Philip Glass | 1000 Airplanes on the Roof (1988)


Nikolas Caoile, conductor
Sarah Tiedemann, picc/flute/wind synth
Lou DeMartino, bass clarinet
John Nastos, flute/soprano sax
Pat Posey,  soprano, alto, tenor saxes
Maria Garcia, synthesizer
Ian Scarfe, synthesizer
Arwen Myers, soprano

1000 Airplanes on the Roof is generously supported by
Oregon Cultural Trust
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Regional Arts and Culture Council