Wednesday, February 13. 11:30AM
Patrica King Haddad will discuss her book and stage musical, La Giara …“The Water Jug”
114 S Olive St
Media, PA 19063
The Water Jug
Book, Music Work and Lyrics by Patricia King Haddad
Based on a true story
La Giara (The Water Jug) merges Italian Folk and Opera with Brazilian Choro and Jazz, telling the story of a family’s emigration from Sicily to Philadelphia. Comprised of dramatic and comedic compositions, La Giara expresses themes relevant to gender oppression and cultural losses that immigrant families transcended while adapting to a new world.
Hot-tempered Nunzio, explosive as Mount Etna back home in Sicily, thinks he wears the pantaloni in his family until his wife and two daughters suddenly disappear, leaving behind a successful family bridal business in Philadelphia, changing their names, and jumping a cross-country train. Their goal: to get as far from him as possible. When he finally locates them, with the help of a private detective two years on the case, Nunzio discovers that his female “bimbas” are more resourceful than he imagined, making a successful living in Denver, Colorado. But an incident from Nunzio’s past in Sicily has determined his misfortune – if only he had thought before rudely cutting in line to the town water fountain and breaking his Aunt Vincenza’s water jug. If only he knew Aunt Vincenza would someday be his mother-in-law. If only he knew it would cause a lifetime family curse.
Nunzio must make right and buys an impressive mansion to persuade his family to return to him. He creates a lifestyle that charms those on the outside looking in. But inside the fairy tale palazzo, full of gold mirrors, fountains, operatic music and singing birds, sad spirits are longing for love to quell the family curse. Long shattered relations are healed later by the grandchildren, but only after their mother has broken from old world traditions, and they find that it’s not only LaGiara that has survived the cracks and damage that Nunzio has caused!
About Patricia King Haddad
Composer, pianist, vocalist and writer, Patricia King first stepped on stage at age seven to perform in various musical theater productions. After years of singing, acting and dancing, Patricia went on to focus her studies at North Carolina School of the Arts as a voice major. Equally passionate about composition and jazz piano, Patricia became involved with jazz and future husband – Brazilian composer, Orlando Haddad. Their marriage and music partnership evolved into several decades of performing, writing and recording six CDs of original music for their Brazilian ensemble, Minas.
While writing La Giara, the artistic process turned into a series of cyclical inspiration…from the manuscript that created material for dramatic and comedic compositions, to the music which expanded the story, which in turn emerged into a dramatic narrative, enhancing and enhanced by the music.
What makes La Giara a particularly compelling work, is that it is a personal family story expressed by the author’s varied music writing, using musical theater, opera, jazz and Brazilian influences, creating a rich and unique music narrative.