The Falling and The Rising - A New American Opera, Saturday, September 29th at 2pm


Hubbard Hall and Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Company have joined forces and are offering FREE tickets to U.S. Veterans and Active Duty Military to attend The Falling and The Rising a new American opera!

Saturday, September 29th at 2pm and 7 pm – Two Shows OnlyClick to Read Press Release!

Admission: $25 adults/$10 students 21 and under/Free to all U.S. Veterans and Active Duty Military, sponsored by Glens Falls National Bank. For reservations contact the Hubbard Hall Box Office at 518-677-2495, ext. 311 or click the register online above. To access free tickets for veterans and active duty members (and one guest each) register online, call the Box Office Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-3 pm or email

By librettist Jerre Dye and composer Zach Redler, the opera is based from an idea by Staff Sergeant Ben Hilgert. The performance is co-commissioned bythe U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus, Texas Christian University, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Memphis, Arizona Opera, and Seagle Music Colony. It is developed at the American Center for New Works Development at Seagle Music Colony. Language: English; Duration: approx. 70 minutes.
This exciting new opera, based on the true stories of dozens of active duty soldiers and veterans, honors the indomitable spirit of our military veterans and sheds light on the power of their often-overlooked stories. Catch it at Hubbard Hall before it begins a nationwide tour. Join us in honoring our veterans and active duty military members with this tribute to their courage and compassion.

The Story: This new American opera chronicles the imagined journey of a soldier suspended inside a coma after a roadside attack. We follow our soldier as she makes her way through a coma-induced dreamscape punctuated by powerful encounters with other fellow service members, each on the brink of discovery. Together, they must find clarity, consciousness, and communal hope inside a strange and ever-shifting universe. Created from compiled interviews from returning soldiers at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Arlington National Cemetery, and Fort Meade, The Falling & and the Rising is an inspirational story of service, sacrifice, and connection inside uncertainty.
This operatic soldier’s odyssey was created to honor indomitable spirit of our military veterans and to shed light on the power of their often overlooked stories. The Falling and the Rising was premiered in April 2018 at Texas Christian University, featuring a cast made up of members of the U.S. Army Field Band Soldier’s Chorus.

Performers: Shelley Mihm, soprano – as Female Soldier; Meghan Folkerts, mezzo-soprano – as Toledo; Anthony Rohr, tenor – as Jumper; Scott Clark, baritone – as Homecoming Soldier; Ryan Hill, baritone – as Colonel; Stage Director: Richard Kagey; Musical Director/Conductor: Tony Kostecki; Piano: Neill Campbell; Set Design: Richard Kagey & Jim Koehnle.

About Seagle Music Colony: Seagle Music Colony is the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States. The notfor-profit organization is administered by three year-round staff and during the season by professionals from the fields of opera and vocal training and overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of local and regional professionals.

About Glens Falls National Bank: Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company provides banking, wealth management and insurance through 30 locations. It is rated a 5-Star Superior institution by BauerFinancial. More information can be found online at

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