2016-2017 NYC PRODUCTIONS

AUGUST 6, 2016

PROSPECT PARK BANDSHELL AT THE BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL (BROOKLYN, NY)

Music by Paola Prestini | Libretto by Royce Vavrek | Visuals by Eliza McNitt | Narrated by Astrophysicist Mario Livio | Featuring Nathan Gunn, Jessica Rivera, The Washington Chorus, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, 1B1 Ensemble, and NOVUS NY

The Hubble Cantata is a contemporary multimedia cantata written as a collaboration between soprano Jessica Rivera, baritone Nathan Gunn, and composer Paola Prestini. The Hubble Cantata exists as an evening length cantata that features music, electronics, filmed sequences with rarely seen photographs and footage from the Hubble telescope, interlaced with sung poetic movements. This poetic re-imagining is inspired and guided by Mario Livio's uniquely sensitive and intellectual writings.

NOVEMBER 18-19, 2016

LA IN BROOKLYN

NATIONAL SAWDUST (BROOKLYN, NY)

Music by Ellen Reid, Ted Hearne, and Jodie Landau

Three concerts over the course of one weekend, bringing LA to Brooklyn for a one-of-kind collaboration. 

Ellen Reid and wild Up / memory/nostalgia/somesuch thing

Friday, November 18, 2016 / 7pm

Featuring music by composer Ellen Reid and her reflections on the past, memory, and the concept of home.

wild Up / Ascension

Saturday, November 19, 2016 / 7pm

The LA based modern music collective brings the music of Ted Hearne, John Coltrane and more to Brooklyn for a one-night showcase. Curated by Ted Hearne and Christopher Rountree.

wild Up featuring music by Jodie Landau

Saturday, November 19, 2016 / 10pm

Jodie Landau brings his unique combination of chamber music, jazz, and rock to the visceral soundscape of this LA based ensemble.

JANUARY 5-14, 2017 (PROTOTYPE 2017)

MATA HARI (WORLD PREMIERE)

HERE ARTS CENTER (NYC)

Music by Matt Marks | Libretto by Paul Peers

The story is inspired by the life of Mata Hari, the exotic dancer who was executed for espionage during World War I. The story is placed during last months of her life while incarcerated in St. Lazare prison, Paris, France. It focuses on her relationships with the five men that lead to her execution in 1917.

JANUARY 6-9, 2017 (PROTOTYPE 2017)

NYC SKIRBALL CENTER (NEW YORK CITY)

composed by Missy Mazzoli | libretto by ROYCE VAVREK

Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970s, Breaking the Waves, tells the story of Bess McNeill, a religious young woman with a deep love for her husband Jan, a handsome oil rig worker. When Jan becomes paralyzed in an off-shore accident, Bess's marital vows are put to the test as he encourages her to seek other lovers and return to his bedside to tell him of her sexual activities. He insists that the stories will feel like they are making love together and keep him alive. Bess's increasing selflessness leads to a finale of divine grace, but at great cost.

JANUARY 7-14, 2017 (PROTOTYPE 2017)

BRIC (BROOKYLN, NY)

Music by David Lang | Libretto by Mark Dion and David Lang | directed by Bob McGrath

Based on texts from the 18th century, Anatomy Theater follows the progression of an English murderess from her confession to execution, to denouncement, and finally to dissection, including an anatomy lesson for curious onlookers.

FEBRUARY 3, 2017

SOUND FROM THE BENCH (TOUR)

NATIONAL SAWDUST

music by TED HEARNE | libretto by JENA OSMAN

Add Sound From the Bench is a 35-minute cantata for chamber choir, two electric guitars and drums, with a libretto by Jena Osman. It was co-commissioned by Volti and The Crossing. A reaction to Osman's "Corporate Relations" -- an incredible collection of poems that follows the historical trajectory of corporate personhood in the United States -- the five movements of Sound from the Benchcombine language taken from landmark Supreme Court Cases with words from ventriloquism textbooks. here

MARCH 2-12, 2017

THE NEW VICTORY THEATER (NYC)

Co-created by composer PAOLA PRESTINI, writer and performer RINDE ECKERT, and director and designer JULIAN CROUCH

A new music-theatre work, Aging Magician is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, Aging Magician moves us along with Harold from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man's vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage.

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