Mandrake Maiden (2009) by David Nez

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Morning: In fields surrounding the village, Youth and Vixen look for their lost sheep. They sit down to rest, and sing a rain-begging song. Roma and Hajduk enter, and entertain the two youngsters with various comic animal songs, including Soldier Mouse, Very Big Flea, and Cricket's Wedding. A huge thunderstorm drowns out the revelry.

Premiere at Boston University, April 1, 2011 (duration 7:40)

Cast: Rebekah Alexander, Elissa Alvarez, Ian Geers, Ulysses Thomas, Gregory Zavracky.

Xanthos Ensemble conducted by Jeffrey Means:
Zachary Jay (flute/piccolo), Alexis Lanz (clarinet), Brenda van der Merwe (violin),
Leo Eguchi (cello), Eunyoung Kim (piano), David Tarantino (percussion).

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