Classics Week presentation features Joe Goodkin’s folk opera “The Odyssey”

Joe Goodkin performs his folk opera "The Odyssey" April 19.
Joe Goodkin performs his folk opera “The Odyssey” April 19.

As part of Lawrence’s annual Classics Week celebration, Joe Goodkin brings his folk opera retelling of “The Odyssey” to Harper Hall Tuesday, April 19 at 8:15 p.m. Part lecture, part musical and part interactive discussion, the performance is free and open to the public.

Combining his background in writing and performing original rock music with a degree in classics, Goodkin deconstructs the story of “The Odyssey” in a 30-minute long composition featuring 24 original songs. The performance, featuring only an acoustic guitar and voice, echoes the spirit of the ancient Greek bards who originally told the epic stories of Odysseus and the heroes of the Trojan War.

Since 2003, Goodkin has performed the folk opera scores of times across the country. He is a three-time American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award recipient for his work.

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