HARRIET TUBMAN: WHEN I CROSSED THAT LINE TO FREEDOM
Friday, October 28 | 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 30 | 4:00 PM
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649 United States DIRECTIONS
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presents Nkeiru Okoye's operatic work that tells of how a young girl born in slavery, becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor.
Experience this heartwarming tale of two sisters vowing that nothing but death will separate them, despite the slavery threatening to tear them apart. The music is richly textured, drawing from the musical traditions of opera, gospel, American spirituals, ragtime and minstrel songs.
Based on recent Tubman biographies, the story is narrated and told in the context of Tubman’s tight-knit family of lively characters. Harriet Tubman carries the universal themes of sisterhood, courage, sacrifice and doing what is necessary to keep a family together.
Ensemble Pi’s 13th Peace Project Concert: BLACK LIVES MATTER
Thursday, November 10 | 7:30 PM
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 DIRECTIONS
AOP joins Ensemble Pi, the new-music collective praised for its socially conscious programming, with a concert presentation of "Stop and Frisk," one act of Sidney Marquez Boquiren and Daniel Neer's opera Independence Eve, as part of a concert of commissions and works in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Independence Eve is a new chamber opera in three scenes that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America.
Since 2003, Ensemble Pi’s Peace Project has sought to create a bridge between classical contemporary music and some of today’s most pressing social and political issues through the commissioning of works and collaborations with artists, writers and journalists. “Today, the level of despair, frustration and anger caused by systemic racism and police brutality, and documented by graphic videos of witnesses, is beyond any verbal discretion,” Artistic Director and pianist Idith Meshulam says. “Ensemble Pi strongly believes in the need for a more just society. With this concert, it wishes to mourn the dead and celebrate the living by presenting the work of living composers from Black and Brown communities, who have responded musically to this painful situation.”
The program will also feature two spirituals, including I Want to Go Home (arranged by Jessie Montgomery, 2016) and There Is a Balm (arranged by Trevor Weston, 2016) for baritone and chamber ensemble; Alvin Singleton’s Jasper Drag (2000) for clarinet, piano, and violin; Valerie Coleman’s Wish (2015) for flute and piano; Trevor Weston’s Shape Shifter (The Angry Bluesman) (2011) for cello; and Courtney Bryan’s Etude II: Secondline for Black Love; Piano Etudes: Carnival for Unity (2003) for piano. The event will be moderated by WQXR’s Weekday Evening host, Terrance McKnight.
Performers: Barry Crowford, flute; Alexis Gerlach, cello; Karl Kramer, french horn; Damian Norfleet, baritone; Brandon Snook, tenor; Idith Meshulam, piano; Moran Katz, clarinet; Bill Trigg, percussion; Airi Yoshioka, violin; and Marlon Daniel, conductor.
Independence Eve developed by AOP in First Chance and Composers & the Voice.
TICKETS: $15/20 ONLINE $15/20 DOORS
November 11, 13, 17, 18, & 19, 2016
153 14th Ave., Seattle, WA DIRECTIONS
Music and concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed Commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects
A TRANSGENDER STORY. A NEW OPERA EXPERIENCE. This November, join Seattle Opera at the iconic Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District for the intimate chamber opera As One, a contemporary exploration of a transgender protagonist’s journey told through two voices. With empathy and humor, we experience Hannah’s youthful challenges in a small town, her struggles with family, her discovery of the larger trans community, and her inspiring journey to be true to herself. All performances of As One are age 21+ with cash bar. MORE INFO
January 27-29, 2017
James K. Polk Theatre, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37219 DIRECTIONS
June 15-17, 2017 | 7:30 PM
June 18, 2017 | 2:00 PM
BAM Fisher - Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217 DIRECTIONS
With music by Robert Paterson (The Whole Truth, Composers & the Voice) and a libretto by David Cote (The Scarlet Ibis), THREE WAYis a new opera on the present and future of sex and love. In three playful one-acts, average heroes explore the worlds of android lovers, BDSM and multiple partners in their searches for the emotional connections that are ever-elusive in today’s romantic world. Sexy, funny and a little bit shocking, Three Way combines complex but melodic music with witty humor and personal drama creating an Il trittico for the Tinder generation.
Presented by Nashville Opera and AOP
Directed by John Hoomes
Conductor: Dean Williamson
Featuring Courtney Ruckman, Samuel Levine, Danielle Pastin, Jordan Rutter, Wes Mason, Melisa Bonetti, Matthew Treviño, Eliza Bonet
with the American Modern Ensemble (June performances)
Sung in English with projected English titles
Three acts, two intermissions (2 hours, 45 minutes total)
Mature audiences. Contains adult language and situations
TICKETS: January 2017 performances, Nashville: $26-$99
June 2017 performances, Brooklyn
THE SUMMER KING - WORLD PREMIERE
Saturday, April 29 | 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 2 | 7:00 PM Friday, May 5 | 7:30 PM Sunday, May 7 | 3:00 PM
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
237 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 DIRECTIONS
The very first world premiere in Pittsburgh Opera’s distinguished 78 year history hits close to home. The Summer King tells the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. Josh went from the sandlots of Pittsburgh’s North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues, before ultimately being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Music by Daniel Sonenberg
Libretto by Daniel Sonenberg and Daniel Nester, with additional lyrics by Mark Campbell
Sam Helfrich directs; Antony Walker conducts.
The Summer King was commissioned by Portland Ovations, with development by American Opera Projects, and deeply appreciated continuing support for the Pittsburgh Opera world premiere from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Summer King has received major support from American Opera Projects, the National Endowment for the Arts, Bob Crewe Foundation, Maine Arts Commission and University of Southern Maine. The Summer King received its first public presentation as a concert performance on May 8, 2014 at Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine under the auspices of Portland Ovations in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine.
Developed by AOP in First Chance and Composers & the Voice.
The AOP 2016-17 season is made possible by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., BMI, Howard Gilman Foundation, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the contributions of many individuals.
AN DIE FERNEN GELIEBTEN: MONODRAMAS BY BEETHOVEN AND JEREMY GILL
December 13, 2016 | 7:00 PM National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249 DIRECTIONS
Composer/pianist Jeremy Gill (Composers & the Voice), baritone Jonathan Hays, and director/actor Copeland Woodruff present two staged German-language song cycles with English subtitles. Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte is regarded as the first song cycle (text by Alois Isidor Jeitteles). It is narrative, and literally cyclical in that the first song returns at the end, but there is no clear “story,” only a series of related musings by a single protagonist. Gill’s Helian, setting a long poem by Georg Trakl, is built around morphing images that narrate the psychological journey of a single protagonist, which Woodruff has re-imagined as an autobiographical exploration of Trakl’s brief, tormented life.. MORE INFO