This sounds cooler than anything on TV Tuesday night. Check out excerpts from a new opera-in-progress, with music by Mary Ellen Childs and libretto by poet Marisha Chamberlain. Called "Propeller," the work is said to "explore the human impulse to fly." All that, plus free cookies and milk!

Mary Ellen Childs

Marisha Chamberlain

The sneak-peek Tuesday night at Augsburg College in Minneapolis features a great cast of singers, including Bradley Greenwald, Jennifer Baldwin Peden and Ann Michels, (remember her from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"?) with music by St. Paul-based ensemble Zeitgeist, which commissioned the opera, along with Nautilus.

Ann Michels, at right, in "Hedwig" with Darius Abts. / Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler.

Also on the program tonight are new songs by Marya Hart set to the poetry of French poet Charles Baudelaire and sung by tenor Brad Bradshaw.

All for just $5, which includes the aforementioned snacks.Concert is 7:30 p.m. at the Foss Center Augsburg, 22nd Av. and Riverside, in Minneapolis. Seating is limited, so call 651-298-9913, or go to the Nautilus website, here.



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