Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera
A World Premiere Kennedy Center and VSA Co-Commission featuring Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, and Special Guests
All aboard the Night Train! Enter the freewheeling musical world of Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and more special guests for an interactive folk opera that takes audiences on a far-out ride to the galaxies and back. During a joyous dusk-to-dawn trip through the stars, passengers on Night Train 57 will discover the power of friendship and community with the sounds of 21st century handmade sing-along music. This world premiere adventure welcomes travelers of all ages and sensory levels. Festive original folk songs played on guitar, trombone, mandolin, flute, harmonica, ukulele, percussion—and, of course, voices—power the train, as homespun sets and video projection create an unforgettable intergalactic atmosphere. Visit psychedelic stars, navigate the challenges of whimsical space travel, and celebrate communal music-making while singing, laughing, and dancing towards a deeper sense of life’s best possibilities.
View the Cuesheet performance guide online.
This performance is connected to the following Common Core Standards:
Earth and Space Science (ESS1B); Music—Performing (Pr.6)