2012 will be the centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie, America's Most Revered Folksinger.
Woody: For the People is an opera of soaring melodies and an exciting full orchestra. It is the story of a down-and-out folksinger who journeys across America to find, not just his country, but himself. It is about an honest anger of wanting a better life for his kids, his friends and the common people he meets on the street.
Woody: For the People is the story of two legendary American songwriters, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the unyielding bond of friendship, bound in a tapestry of glory and music. Ultimately, it is about the very people Woody's songs were about. It's about our friends, our neighbors, our communities, our hometowns. It's about You, and Me. The opera is not about politics or political ideals, it is about the uncompromising passion of spirit that one little man had for an entire nation, for an entire generation ... all revealed in one little song.
Woody: For the People is a fully staged traditional opera with symphony orchestra, to be broadcast on public television, public radio, released on DVD with a lesson plan for educational use, streamed online, and performed onstage in opera houses and colleges.
The opera is set on a single, historic date: February 23, 1940, the day Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land Is Your Land" as a response to Irving Berlin's popular tune "God Bless America."
Woody: For the People will use a traditional symphony orchestra to employ innovative treatment of the string section to replicate the sound of Pete's banjo and other instruments.
The premier production will is being planned for October 2011 in hi-def for broadcast on public television stations nationwide as well as public and community radio stations. The opera will also be streamed online and released on DVD complete with an educational lesson plan.