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Wednesday, February 12th at 4-5:15pm

Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work by Georges Bizet, featuring the alluring but dangerous Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart. Created from San Francisco Opera’s performance of Carmen for Families in 2011, this screening will feature the Company’s one hour movie version produced for Bay Area school and community programs. The production is in English, with English subtitles, and is recommended for ages 10 and up. A 15-minute live introduction will precede the screening.
CARMEN FOR FAMILIES

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From Juventas’ Project Fusion comes “Expérience”. A unique and unforgettable classical performance event that incorporates a ballet set in Cyberspace, a movement-based instrumental work, a chamber opera, and more!

Two venues/nights!

Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, Museum of Modern Renaissance
115 College Ave, Somerville

http://mod-ren.com/

Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
1845 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton
www.centermakor.org

Tickets at www.juventasmusic.com

Juventas New Music Ensemble

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unMET – Opera for the 21st Century

When
Oct 31, 2012 8:00 pm | Wednesday

About
Leave your opera glasses at home and forget about that stodgy tenor in 18th-century garb!  Juventas New Music Ensemble invites you to experience opera of the future over an evening drink!  Scenes from new operas by emerging composers will explore ghosts, extinction, love and magic, all while placing you directly in the middle of the action.  This very special Halloween edition of unMET features a costume contest with rockin’ prizes!

Tickets
$25 for Table Seats; $20 for Stool Seats; $15 for Standing Room.
Tickets available for purchase online here: http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/unmet-opera-21st-century

Venue
Oberon Theater
2 Arrow Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Promo Video

For Immediate Release Composers Concordance Records presents the CD Release Concert for

Gene Pritsker’s chamber opera
William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience

Sunday, March 4th, 9:30pm 2012
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NY
event website http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3026

For more information, contact:
Composers Concordance Records
646 522 9442
composersconcordancerecords@gmail.com

Composers Concordance Records celebrates its February 2012 release of Gene Pritsker’s chamber opera: 
’William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience’. The concert will feature arias from the opera performed by soprano Lynn Norris, jazz/gospel voice of Chanda Rule, baritone Charles Coleman, narrator Peter Christian Hall, with Gene Pritsker and Greg Baker; guitars,
Dan Barrett; cello and Larry Goldman; bass.

This event will also showcase music from upcoming Composers Concordance Records releases including:
Zentripetal String Duo with Lynn Bechtold – violin and Jen DeVore – cello.
Non Western Omelet by The International Street Cannibals.
Featuring  Dan Barrett – cello, Dan Cooper – bass, Max Pollak – tap and body percussion
Composers Concordance present ‘Song Cycles’. Featuring  Lynn Norris – soprano and Luis Andrei Cobo – piano
Subversion by guitarist Greg Baker.  Featuring Greg Baker and Gene Pritsker – guitars

You can sample music  from the album and learn more about it here:  http://www.wix.com/noizepunk/wj

here is a full aria from the opera Closer to me than my Own Breath Aria

The opera has received the following review:

“This new recording  is beautiful—musically and dramatically.” … “Delicate, taut, and incisive writing. Beautiful interplay between instruments and voices, between the rhythm/melodies/harmonies and the text. ‘Synaptic’ guitar picking; a really elegant solo improvisation on Track 5.”… “I ’m uplifted by this new Pritsker CD—impressed by the authenticity of music that “had to come out”, had to be composed, had to exist.” … “T his opera by Gene Pritsker honors that Jamesian notion. The opera—and this recording—are a welcome invitation to self-discovery, to mutual respect and tolerance for the spirituality (or lack thereof) of others, and to joyous, mindful living in community. Look for the CD when it’s released in February. Very worth your listening!”
- Doug McNair, Chamber Music Today, Jan. 2012
“This genuine chamber opera is a ground breaking contribution to the operatic genre for the early ’012s”…”The intellectual level of his (Pritsker’s) compositions marks a radical departure from most new “classical” music.”
- Peter Woolf, Musical Pointers, jan. 2012
“This chamber opera performance has beautiful vocals. I like it…You definitely have to check out this recording.”
- Peter Van Laarhoven, United-Mutations, Feb. 2012
“The stylistic range is broad and the synthesis effective”…”It is yet another convincing example of Gene Pritsker’s originality and distinctiveness as a composer. It should interest and delight those who seek the “new” in new music. This is indeed new!”
- Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical – Modern Music Blog, Feb. 20112
Composer Gene Pritsker has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.

He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip/hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released cd’s on Col-legno and Innova Records. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Adelaide Symphony, The Athens Camarata, Brooklyn and Berlin Philharmonic. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies.

The New York Times described him as “…audacious…multitalented.” Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as “dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. Raul d’Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: “Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change.

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The January 22 Le Salon de Musique program will feature “A La Cour De Versailles“ Baroque Program with a pantomime for two dancers (Linda Tomko And Jill Chadroff) with a Baroque ensemble performing Marie-Antoinette, Rameau, Duphly, Gluck, Grety, Lully and Ferrere featuring Mezzo-Soprano Monika Bruckner, Susan Feldman on Violin, Leif Thomas on Viola da Gamba and Patricia Mabee on Harpsichord. The performance is accompanied by Champagne, food by Patina and informal conversation introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson. Tickets are $65 and $45 for students (including concert and refreshments) and are available on line at www.LeSalondeMusiques.com or by calling (310) 498-0257.

This program presents a concert of the type that Marie-Antoinette would have witnessed at her own salon de musiques in the 1780s.

By removing the stage, Le Salon de Musiques offers a more personal touch to listeners eager to familiarize themselves with Chamber Music. The goal is to bring together an audience of disparate backgrounds…music lovers who believe that this form of melodic artistry brings out the best in humanity.

Where:
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Fifth Floor
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets:
$65.00
$45.00 Students
There is a 10% discount if tickets are purchased for three or more concerts

Contact:
www.lesalondemusiques.com or (310) 498-0257

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From a book-length poem to a multi-media experimental opera to its current incarnation as a CD, DARKLING gives a haunting portrayal of emotion, terror, and incalculable loss. DARKLING movingly evokes the memory of the Holocaust as well as the human cost of man-made and natural cataclysmic events. Join us for the CD Release at Drom NYC on Nov. 22nd at 6:30 pm.

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Sunday, October 2 – 4:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Rose Building, Lincoln Center, 10th Floor
65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue

American Opera Projects presents

MODEL LOVE
or How the Young and Fashionable Are Feeling This Season
a staged song cycle
music by J. David Jackson
texts by Henry Normal
Performances by wildirishrose99, brandtxxx and littleloverboy007.
With the MODEL LOVE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & ROCK BAND

Meet the artists: http://bit.ly/raCnaB

Fun, energetic and curious song cycle in need of the right audience. R U what I M looking 4? Not one for labels but people have called me contemporary art music with rock, jazz and blues. You can call me whatever or whenever you like. Interested in M-M-W threesome? I’m all of that too. Must have good sense of humor. Let’s just relax…become friends & get to know each other… and see what happens.

NORA, IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
A one-act monodrama for soprano and chamber ensemble
Music by Daniel Felsenfeld
Libretto by Will Eno
Starring Kirsten Chambers as Nora
Conducted by Keith Chambers
With Rose Bellini (cello), Mila Henry (piano), and Josh Modney (violin)

Composers & the Voice alum Daniel Felsenfeld teams with award-winning playwright Will Eno(Middletown, THOM PAIN (based on nothing)) in this new monodrama that imagines the continuation of one the greatest plays of all time.

RUNNING TIME:
75 minutes with intermission

ADMISSION: $20 general admission, $50 VIP reserve seating
Tickets: http://modellove2011.eventbrite.com/

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Brooklyn’s Opera on Tap and American Opera Projects “book” Galapagos Art Space for an evening of music based on texts of Brooklyn writers

Sunday, September 18, 7:00pm–Discussion with Robert Levine, 6:00pm

Galapagos Art Space–16 Main Street at Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

Directions: www.galapagosartspace.com—Subway-F train to York Street; A/C train to High Street

Tickets: Advance:$15; Door: $200–www.galapagosartspace.com

Info: www.operaprojects.org/operagrowsinbrooklyn and www.operaonta.com/newyork

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Two new operatic monodramas featuring two iconic mothers will receive their first public concert readings a day after Mother’s Day.  Nora, In the Great Outdoors, music by Daniel Felsenfeld and libretto by Will Eno, continues the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House moments after Nora abandons her family; and The Wanton Sublime, music by Tarik O’Regan and libretto by Anna Rabinowitz, explores the mythic and human aspects of Mary, mother of Jesus. The evening will feature performances by soprano Caroline Worra (The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric, Glimmerglass) and Amy Shoremount-Obra with music direction by Mila Henry. Both one-act operas have been commissioned by the Brooklyn-based opera development company AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS (AOP) and will be presented by the organization at The Players (16 Gramercy Park South) on Monday, May 9 at 8pm in New York City, and at South Oxford Space (138 South Oxford St.) on Thursday, May 12 at 8pm in Brooklyn.  Both will feature a panel discussion with the artists.  Tickets are $20; $10 for Players NYC members or Students/Seniors.  Tickets and more info are available at www.operaprojects.org.

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Baltimore, MD – On April 1 and 2 at the University of Baltimore’s Performing Arts Theater, The Figaro Project will present its “Contemporary Opera Trio,” three world-premiere one-act operas written by Baltimore-based composers. The production will be performed free to the public.

Operas include Paul Mathews’ crime drama “Piecing it Apart,” Douglas Buchanan’s creation myth “Lux et Tenebrae,” and Joshua Bornfield’s political comedy “Strong like Bull.” Featuring thirteen local performers and accompanied by piano trio, the operas will be fully-staged and sung in English. Jim Stopher will conduct.

After The Figaro Project’s inaugural season, founder Caitlin Vincent pursued an ambitious program of contemporary opera for the troupe’s second season. She formed a collaborative partnership with three Peabody composers, including Peabody Dean of Academic Affairs, Paul Mathews, with the goal of exposing the Baltimore region to new opera in an accessible way.

Mathews notes, “The Figaro Project has prepared these operas for their first hearings as if they were staples of the repertoire. Singers may dream of Italian arias, but real artists engage the problems of our world with the language and idioms of our time. ”

“All opera was once new,” says Vincent, “and this is an opportunity to experience three new operas that were conceived and created right in the heart of Baltimore.”

What: The Figaro Project’s Contemporary Opera Trio
When: Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 at 7:30pm
Where: University of Baltimore’s Performing Arts Theater – 21 West Mt. Royal Avenue
Admission: Free

About The Figaro Project

Founded in June 2009 with grants from the Peabody Institute and The Johns Hopkins University, The Figaro Project is dedicated to giving performing opportunities to young opera singers and presenting opera in an accessible and affordable way. For more information, please visit www.thefigaroproject.com.

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