Before Romeo and Juliet, there was Dido and Aeneas. Queen Dido is a widow dedicated to leading her countrymen wisely. Aeneas is fresh off his Trojan War heroics and on a mission to found Rome. The two meet, fall in love, become playthings of the Gods and … things do not end well. It’s a tragic story that has inspired all kinds of creative re-tellings. Right now at the Norton Simon Museum, you can experience visual and audio versions with the exhibition Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido and the accompanying audio tour. We spoke with Gloria Williams Sander, Curator at the Norton Simon Museum, about the treasures on display and to Stacy Brightman, Vice President Education and Community Engagement at the LA Opera, and Holley Replogle-Wong, Program Director Center for Musical Humanities at UCLA, about the special audio tour accompanying the exhibition.
From the Central Coast to San Diego, from Santa Monica to Palm Springs, there are fascinating people creating incredible art and performances. KUSC will be covering those experiences on Arts Alive. And when you’re in the mood for a little more, like a longer version of an interview, more Arts Alive coverage is available online at kusc.org/artsalive.