Music: Madrigal & Mime

Onstage, dancers pranced about in the guise of poets, unicorns and gorgons. In the pit, a chorus sang words as the dancers gestured in silent mime. On the end seat of a row up front, Composer Gian Carlo Menotti (Saint of Bleecker Street, Amahl and the Night Visitors) nervously twisted a piece of paper in his hands and silently moved his lips, for no composer in modern times had tried a musical brew quite like the strange goings-on in that Washington auditorium last week. It was Composer Menotti's latest opus, The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore,† or The Three Sundays...

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