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independence eve

INDEPENDENCE EVE

Music by Sidney Marquez Boquiren
Libretto by Daniel Neer

About the Work Creators Video/Audio Gallery Press Performances

ABOUT THE WORK

Independence Eve is a new chamber opera in three scenes by composer Sidney Marquez Boquiren and librettist
Daniel Neer that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America. Comprised of three unrelated scenes,
each of which take place on July 3 in an unspecified American city, Independence Eve focuses on the stories of
three black males (baritone), and three white males (tenor), who struggle with identity and acceptance amidst
race issues that span one hundred years of the American experience. Taking place on the benign location of a
single park bench in three different urban locations, Independence Eve is a study of black and white America,
offering commentary on the intricacies of race relations and the insidious and persistent stain of racism that has
remains consistent throughout American history. The characters in each scene are products of their upbringing,
and constrained, to varying degrees, by outside influences and ideals that shape their attitudes regarding race,
masculinity, education, and socioeconomic status in their respective generations.

A Composers & the Voice developed project (2011-12).
DCA logoCommunity engagement via AOP's I Hear America Singing program is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Culture Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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ABOUT THE CREATORS

dellairaSIDNEY MARQUEZ BOQUIREN
(composer)
Sidney Marquez Boquiren grew up in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia but has spent most of his life in the United States. As a Composer Fellow for American Opera Project’s Composers a& the Voice Series (2011 – 2012) and in collaboration with librettist Daniel Neer, he has written representative arias for several different opera treatments as well as a full scene which was premiered in September 2012 with subsequent performances at the BEAT Festival (Brooklyn, NY) and by Two Sides Sounding. Recent commissions n include a duo for violinists Sarah Plum and Hal Grossman, a quintet for AnyWhen Ensemble, and a new work for American Modern Ensemble. Sidney is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Music at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, where he teaches music theory and composition.

mcclatchyDANIEL NEER
(librettist)
Librettist Daniel Neer’s works include Mercury Falling (with Chandler Carter), which won audience and critical acclaim at its 2009 premiere in Raleigh, North Carolina; Odes to Earth and Air (with Sidney Boquiren), which received a 2010 workshop premiere at Adelphi University; and Independence Eve (with Sidney Boquiren), a trilogy of interconnected one-act operas currently in development with American Opera Projects. Daniel is also the lyricist for a developing series of commissioned “urban cantatas” with the Brooklyn based group Two Sides Sounding: Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (with Robinson McClellan) and Bruce Bailey (with Daniel Felsenfeld.) Also a poet, Daniel’s poems have been set for voice and string quartet: The Good Doctor Windhager (with Ronnie Reshef) and Summer, 1976 (with Kim Sherman). His set of twelve HAIKU-NYC, (with Ellen Mandel) has been performed in cabaret and concert settings in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City.

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PHOTO GALLERY

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PRESS

June 4, 2017 - DC METRO THEATER ARTS
Opera review: "Review: ‘Independence Eve’ at UrbanArias"

February 9, 2015 - FEAST OF MUSIC
Opera profile: ""Independence Eve": An Opera in Progress About Race Relations in America"

September 15, 2014 - THE NEW YORKER
Opera profile: "Stop, frisk, sing"

July 17, 2014 - CRAIN'S NEW YORK
Opera profile: "Stop-and-frisk, the musical"

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AOP PERFORMANCES

June 3-11, 2017
World Premiere
Presented by UrbanArias, in association with AOP
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams
Conducted by Robert Wood

November 10, 2016
Orchestral concert performance of "Stop and Frisk"
Presented by Ensemble Pi and AOP
Part of Ensemble Pi’s 13th Peace Project Concert: BLACK LIVES MATTER
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Brandon Snook and Damian Norfleet

February 5, 2015
Piano-vocal reading of the opera
Presented by AOP First Chance and The Harlem School of the Arts
The Harlem School of the Arts, 645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams; Mila Henry, piano

November 13 & 15, 2014
Piano-vocal reading of the opera
Presented by AOP First Chance and Adelphi University
South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St Brooklyn, NY 11217
Adelphi’s Performing Arts Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams; Mila Henry, piano
Directed by Damian Norfleet.

November 14, 2014
Concert performance of "Stop and Frisk"
Presented by AOP I Hear America Singing
Bronx Collaborative High School, 100 West Mosholu Pkwy S, Bronx, NY
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams; Mila Henry, piano
Directed by Damian Norfleet.

November 6, 2013
Libretto reading of the opera
Presented by AOP First Chance
South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Michael Criscuolo and Damian Norfleet

September 22, 2012
Concert performance of "Stop and Frisk"
Presented by AOP and the BEAT Festival as part of OPERAtion Brooklyn
The Irondale Center
85 S. Oxford Street, Ft Greene, Brooklyn, NY
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams; Mila Henry, piano
Directed by Noah Himmelstein

September 19, 2012
Concert performance of "Stop and Frisk"
Presented by AOP and the BEAT Festival as part of OPERAtion Brooklyn
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
58 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams; Mila Henry, piano
Directed by Noah Himmelstein

September 13, 2012
Concert performance of "Stop and Frisk"
Presented by AOP and the BEAT Festival as part of OPERAtion Brooklyn
Flatbush Reformed Church
890 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams; Mila Henry, piano
Directed by Noah Himmelstein

September 7 & 9, 2012
Concert performance of "Stop and Frisk"
Presented by AOP as part of Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes
South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams; Mila Henry, piano
Directed by Noah Himmelstein

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

September 11-16, 2014
Various locations, Brooklyn, NY
Concert performance of "Stop and Frisk"
Presented by BEAT Festival 2014 and Two Sides Sounding.
Performances by Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams; Mila Henry, piano
Directed by Ted Gorodetzky

November 6, 2013
Libretto reading of the opera
Presented by AOP First Chance
South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Michael Criscuolo and Damian Norfleet

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