“The Vienna Rite”
A Chamber Opera by Judith Berkson
featuring Yarn/Wire and Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

Friday, November 2, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
$15/10 members/students/seniors

A composer, singer, pianist, and accordionist, Judith Berkson’s performances reflect a diversity of interests from chamber music to experimental bands, Schubert lieder and Cantorial music.  Join us for the two night world premiere of Berkson’s “The Vienna Rite” featuring chamber ensemble Yarn/Wire, percussionist Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s), pianist Chi Chi Glass, and a seven person vocal ensemble.  “The Vienna Rite” is a chamber opera about Viennese cantor Salomon Sulzer, whose life spanned most of the 19th century to include a friendship with Franz Schubert, an arrest during the revolution of 1848, being knighted by the emperor, and spreading a liturgical style influenced by the music of his city. The opera will explore these events drawing on influences from Viennese opera, contemporary music and devotional singing of cantors, and will feature a vocal ensemble, percussion, harmoniums and organ.


The piece is written for 3 drummers 3 organists and 7 singers and features the chamber ensemble Yarn/Wire along with guests Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s) and Chi Chi Glass (Fulbright piano scholar). Ian Greenlaw plays Salomon Sulzer along with an ensemble that includes Judith Berkson (Kronos Quartet, City Opera Vox Festival), Bo Chang (Talea Ensemble, Argento Ensemble), Allyssa Lamb (Las Rubias del Norte),Lana Cencic (Flip Phillip) Gavriel Savit (Voca People) and Aram Tchobanian (New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble).

Support for this project was provided by the Six Points Fellowship, a Jerome Commission, the Foundation for Jewish Culture and made possible with major funding from the UJA Federation of New York.

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