At the Hawk’s Well Chamber Opera

Join us for the world-premiere of CMC alumnus Vance Maverick’s chamber opera, “At the Hawk’s Well” presented by Bay Area Arts Alliance—a captivating blend of myth, music, and theater. Adapted from W. B. Yeats titular The Hawks Well and Inspired by Irish and Japanese folklore, the opera portrays two men seeking immortality at a mystical well guarded by a hawk-like spirit. Composer Vance Maverick has been working on this project since 2002 with the help of CMC faculty, studying composition with Jono Kornfeld, and additional musical opportunities with programming, commissioning, and performance in various programs.

At The Hawk’s Well, A Chamber Opera
Director, Megan Cullen
Music Director, Alexander Katsman

Saturday, June 15 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 16 at 2pm

Tickets: $25 general admission; $15 students and CMC members; $10 Livestream

Tickets via Bay Area Arts Alliance

Vance Maverick

 “Working with Jono, I wrote three sections of the opera: a prologue, in which the “Greek chorus” sets up the story; an epilogue, in which the chorus sums up; and a dance interlude without singers. Along the way, several other CMC faculty members generously encouraged me. Betty Wong taught the chamber music class, and later welcomed my music in her recitals. Rachel Condry invited me to write for the string quartet she was coaching. Annelise Zamula played flute with me in the dance interlude, and gave guidance on writing for the saxophone. Zahra Rothschild recorded one of my songs. And being in Martha Rodríguez-Salazar’s choir has been an education.” 

Vance Maverick, Composer

Read more about Vance’s story here

Date / Time

June 15, 2024
7:30 pm
Cost: $25 General; $15 Students and CMC members


Bay Area Arts Alliance

Type of Event



CMC Concert Hall
544 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110