Did you know that Ruben Piirainen, Lead Music Director, is an opera composer? This month marks the world premiere of his fourth chamber opera, Ready (Or Not). The opera deals with the effects of grief and healing on six people who have experienced a variety of losses. Scored for six singers and piano, the music for the opera was written by Piirainen, with words by singers Colleen Brooks and Margaret Ozaki Graves and mental health professional Jason Katte. The cast includes singers Colleen Brooks, Margaret Ozaki Graves, Nicole McCarty, Austin Bare, Adlai Kim, William Toney, and pianist Kayoko Miyazawa.

There are two performances scheduled for Friday, February 18 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 20 at 3:00 pm. Each performance will also feature a pre-show talk with the creators of the work 45 minutes prior to curtain. The performances will take place at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay (819 E Silver Spring Dr). Free and open to the public, donations accepted, masks required.