‘Pine Eyes’

He tells lies, and that makes his nose grow longer: The tale of the wooden puppet-boy Pinocchio has enchanted children since its initial appearance as a novel in the 1880s, and fascinated adults with its darker content. Both audiences are catered to in “Pine Eyes,” a chamber opera by Yale-based composer Martin Bresnick. From a basic ensemble of two clarinets, piano and percussion, Bresnick conjures a bewitching range of moods and sonorities, complementing the narration. Twin Cities singer and actor Nicholas Nelson tells the story, with new music collective Zeitgeist providing the players. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St., Suite 200, St. Paul. $10-$15. zeitgeistnewmusic.org)

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