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The world premiere of the chamber opera “Spiritual Forest” by Japanese composer Koji Nakano will be presented by the Cal State San Bernardino Opera Theatre at the university’s Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. To be performed in collaboration with the lotusflower new music project, “Spiritual Forest” features Stacey Fraser, soprano; Alastair Edmonstone, piano; Maggie Parkins of the critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based Eclipse string quartet; Kohei Nishikawa, master of the shinobue (Japanese transverse flute) from Tokyo, Japan; and CSUSB percussion professor Todd Johnson, with stage direction by Terry Donovan Smith, CSUSB professor of theatre arts. The work documents the journey of a woman who enters a deep forest where she becomes lost and frightened. Upon waking after a dream, she finds herself embracing her environment and reconnects with Mother Nature. The staged work features work by CSUSB theatre arts faculty members Andre Harrington (costume design) and Jason Mann (lighting design), with photography/projection by Steve King of the art department. Additional guest artists include performances by Grammy-nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko, Canadian soprano Anne Harley and Canadian guitarist Steve Thachuk, as well as additional chamber works by revered composers Emilie LeBel, Jack Van Zandt and Chinary Ung. Tickets on sale now at the Music Box Office or online by visiting the CSUSB Music Department website and clicking on the “Get Tickets Now” icon.