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Author of Glory Denied

October 25, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St.

Join us at Brazos Bookstore for a reading and Q&A with syndicated columnist and freelance writer Tom Philpott, who has covered the military for more than 30 years. His weekly news column, Military Update, appears in three dozen daily newspapers across the U.S. and overseas.  His freelance articles have appeared in numerous magazines including The New YorkerWashingtonian, Reader’s Digest and Kiplinger’s. Philpott’s book, Glory Denied: The Vietnam Saga of Jim Thompson, America’s Longest-Held POW, was published by W.W. Norton & Co. of New York, excerpted in The New Yorker, and made into an acclaimed opera by composer Tom Cipullo.

HGO and HGOco Present:

A chamber opera by Tom Cipullo

Based on the oral history by Tom Philpott 

November 6 and 9, 2017
7:30 p.m.
1940 Air Terminal Museum — Hangar Building
8325 Travelair Road (Off Telephone Road and Airport Boulevard)

Tickets go on sale Memorial Day weekend.

Glory Denied is the story of an American family during the turbulent Vietnam War era. America’s longest-held prisoner of war returns home to a country he no longer recognizes. This intimate chamber opera chronicles Colonel Jim Thompson’s suffering in the jungles of southeast Asia through to the personal struggles that followed his liberation and repatriation. 

“From hope to despair, from love to hatred to forgiveness, the dramatic tension was relentless.” —Opera News

“…a powerfully realistic thriller and an unabashedly honest commentary on the America of the 1960s and ’70s.”—Fort Worth Weekly


Saturday, November 11, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
Free and open to the public

HGOco’s Veterans Songbook Project (2014–17) gives voice to the stories of Houston-based men and women who have served our country and to their loved ones, sparking a community-wide conversation about conflict, courage, strength, sacrifice, and hope.

HGOco partners include Goodwill, Grace After Fire, U.S. VETS, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Carpetbag Theater Company, Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts, and Writers In The Schools. This concert will feature the music set to the text resulting from the storytelling and writing workshops held at these organizations, as well as additional works created from interviews and archival research of wartime efforts.

Selected works to be featured by the following composers:

Jonathan Booker
Mark Buller
Henry Darragh
Nicholas Davies
George Heathco
Madeline Styskal
Mary Carol Warwick
Kate Wasserman


Houston Grand Opera’s multiyear Veterans Songbook initiative gives voice to the stories of Houston-based men and women who have served our country and to the stories of their loved ones, sparking a community-wide conversation about conflict and courage, strength and sacrifice. 

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