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Song of Houston: Turn and Burn


Composer: Nell Shaw Cohen
Librettist: Megan Cohen
Commissioned by HGOco
World Premiere
Premiering February 2021

In Turn and Burn, small-town barrel racing champion Shayla Taylor and ambitious executive Jamie Hernandez aim for a big win at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. When an accident threatens Shayla’s career-defining race, the women discover each other’s strength in adversity. Set in a colorful world of bucking broncs and carnival rides, composer Nell Shaw Cohen and librettist Megan Cohen’s original story informed by interviews with rodeo athletes offers a feminist perspective on contemporary rodeo culture.

Conductor: TBA
Director: Leslie Swackhamer

  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages
  • Running Time
    1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission
  • Language
    Sung in English with projected English text.

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