“Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower”: Parable Path A2Ypsi/University Musical Society.
Mar. 25–27. This gospel/blues/funk opera, adapted by Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon and her daughter Toshi Reagon from Butler’s dystopian novel, chronicles the spiritual awakening of a young black woman in an America that struggles with violence and inequality. When it debuted in 2018, the New York Times called the opera poignant and cautionary, as well as unrepentantly political, with some splendid songs. 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. $28–$57 (students $12–20) in advance at ums.org. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours) required. 764–2538.