Nuclear Dreams - An Oral History of the Hanford Site
Please join us for the world premiere of Reginald Unterseher's "Hanford Dreams: an Oral History of the Hanford Site," a concert length work featuring mezzo soprano Sarah Mattox and baritone Charles Robert Stephens with chamber orchestra and chorus directed by Justin Raffa.
This work was commissioned by Mid-Columbia Mastersingers to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the B Reactor National Historical Landmark in Tri-Cities, Washington.
The technical achievements of the Manhattan Project are storied. But what about the people who worked on one of the greatest and most challenging scientific works of the 20th century? How did they feel about their work? What did they dream at night? And what about the people who lived on the land before the Manhattan Project was conceived?
“Nuclear Dreams: an Oral History of the Hanford Site” with music by noted composer Reginald Unterseher and libretto by Nancy Welliver explores the history, memories, night-dreams, and inner lives of the people who lived on the land or worked at Hanford, one of three sites within the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Three performances will be given over the weekend of September 27-29 inside the B Reactor facility's main room where the front face of the reactor is visible. Transportation is provided to the facility by charter bus from the Visitor's Center of the Hanford Unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park located at 2000 Logston Blvd in Richland, WA.
If you are traveling to the Tri-Cities from out of town, contact us about special lodging rates at email@example.com or call 509-460-1766. Our airport code is PSC (Pasco) and is a mere 20 minute drive from the Visitor's Center.
Consider attending one of our pre-concert experiences at the former home of Col Franklin Matthias along the Columbia River in North Richland. Matthias was a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers who secured the Hanford Site as the third and final location for the Manhattan Project. He lived in a rare pre-WWII home built in 1912 that has been beautifully preserved. Guests will enjoy a variety of food and drink offerings depending on the day. Please note that these events are ticket separately and are an add-on to the base concert ticket cost. Event tickets are limited as we can only accommodate up to 45 guests at the home before each concert.
Thank you to AECOM at WTP for helping to sponsor this program and to the U.S. Department of Energy for their continued support of these unique concert offerings.