Jessica Jade Han

Performer, Composer, Educator

Opera Saratoga
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Opera Saratoga

THE MERRY WIDOW (1905)

Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by
Victor Léon and Leo Stein

Sung in English with English Supertitles

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This production is suitable for all audiences and is ideal for families!

One of the most popular operettas across the globe, The Merry Widow, returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich… and she’s captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Will all those dancing girls prove too distracting for the audience?! Franz Lehár's magical score features the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and many more beloved melodies. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Franz Lehár (1870–1948) trained at the Prague Conservatory, where his mentors included Antonín Dvořák. He wrote some orchestral music but is remembered primarily for his operettas, especially The Merry Widow, his breakthrough success, and The Land of SmilesThe Merry Widow, which was composed in 1905, ushered in a new era of operettas in which the waltz was used for romantic plot purposes, and was danced as much as sung. Opera Saratoga’s new production continues the company’s Opera-in-Motion initiative, in which dance is prominently integrated into one production each summer. 

For tickets and informationhttp://www.operasaratoga.org/the-merry-widow

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Opera Saratoga
Jun
30
7:30 PM19:30

Opera Saratoga

A WINNING DOUBLE BILL

VINKENSPORT,
or THE FINCH OPERA (2010/2018)
World Premiere (Chamber Version)

Music by David T. Little
Libretto by Royce Vavrek

Sung in English with English Supertitles

The second half of our double-bill will feature the World Premiere of a new chamber version of Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera. Originally commissioned by Dawn Upshaw for the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard Conservatory where it premiered in 2010, this opera was one of the earliest collaborations between David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, whose critically acclaimed works also include JFK and Dog Days. Vinkensport is a bittersweet comedy in one act that explores the nature of competition and the need to win through the frame of an obscure Flemish folk sport, Finch-Sitting. We see a motley assortment of contestants battle to see who has the most melodious bird. As they compete, the joys, sorrows, delusions and all-too-stark realities of their trainers are revealed.  Opera Saratoga has commissioned a new performing edition of Vinkensport, which will receive its world premiere as part of the 2018 Summer Festival.

DID YOU KNOW?

As with other sports, vinkensport (Dutch for "Finch Sport") has had its cheating scandals, as well as accusations of artificial enhancement. One finch sang a record 1,278 susk-e-weits in one hour, and the owner was later accused of doping the bird with testosterone. After another contestant sang exactly the same number of calls in two rounds, the box was opened and a mini CD player was discovered within! These remarkable true-life incidents inspired Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera.

ROCKING HORSE WINNER
(2016)
American Premiere

Music by Gareth Williams
Libretto by Anna Chatterton

Sung in English with English Supertitles

The first half of our double-bill will be the American Premiere of Rocking Horse Winner. This critically acclaimed chamber opera by Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton received its world premiere last season at Tapestry Opera in Toronto.  A modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s short story, Rocking Horse Winner explores the relationship between Paul and his emotionally distant mother. Paul becomes dangerously obsessed with solving the “bad luck” of his family in order to win his mother’s love. His pursuit awakens a strange magic that connects him not only to luck, but also to powerful voices only he can hear – voices that tell him which horses will win at the track. Rocking Horse Winner is an intimate, psychological look at love, “luck”, and greed.

DID YOU KNOW?

"The Rocking-Horse Winner" is a short story by D.H. Lawrence. It was first published in July 1926, in Harper’s Bazaar, and subsequently appeared in the first volume of Lawrence's collected short stories. It was made into a full-length film, directed by Anthony Pelissier and starring John Howard Davies, Valerie Hobson and John Mills; the film was released in the United Kingdom in 1949 and in 1950 in the United States.

Audience Advisory: This production contains mature themes, and VINKENSPORT contains suggestive, comedic adult content. This double-bill is not recommended for children.

For Tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/double-bill-rocking-horse-winner-and-vinkensport-or-the-finch-opera/

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Opera Saratoga
Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

Opera Saratoga

THE MERRY WIDOW (1905)

Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by
Victor Léon and Leo Stein

Sung in English with English Supertitles

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This production is suitable for all audiences and is ideal for families!

One of the most popular operettas across the globe, The Merry Widow, returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich… and she’s captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Will all those dancing girls prove too distracting for the audience?! Franz Lehár's magical score features the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and many more beloved melodies. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Franz Lehár (1870–1948) trained at the Prague Conservatory, where his mentors included Antonín Dvořák. He wrote some orchestral music but is remembered primarily for his operettas, especially The Merry Widow, his breakthrough success, and The Land of SmilesThe Merry Widow, which was composed in 1905, ushered in a new era of operettas in which the waltz was used for romantic plot purposes, and was danced as much as sung. Opera Saratoga’s new production continues the company’s Opera-in-Motion initiative, in which dance is prominently integrated into one production each summer. 

For tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/the-merry-widow

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Opera Saratoga
Jul
6
2:00 PM14:00

Opera Saratoga

A WINNING DOUBLE BILL

VINKENSPORT,
or THE FINCH OPERA (2010/2018)
World Premiere (Chamber Version)

Music by David T. Little
Libretto by Royce Vavrek

Sung in English with English Supertitles

The second half of our double-bill will feature the World Premiere of a new chamber version of Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera. Originally commissioned by Dawn Upshaw for the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard Conservatory where it premiered in 2010, this opera was one of the earliest collaborations between David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, whose critically acclaimed works also include JFK and Dog Days. Vinkensport is a bittersweet comedy in one act that explores the nature of competition and the need to win through the frame of an obscure Flemish folk sport, Finch-Sitting. We see a motley assortment of contestants battle to see who has the most melodious bird. As they compete, the joys, sorrows, delusions and all-too-stark realities of their trainers are revealed.  Opera Saratoga has commissioned a new performing edition of Vinkensport, which will receive its world premiere as part of the 2018 Summer Festival.

DID YOU KNOW?

As with other sports, vinkensport (Dutch for "Finch Sport") has had its cheating scandals, as well as accusations of artificial enhancement. One finch sang a record 1,278 susk-e-weits in one hour, and the owner was later accused of doping the bird with testosterone. After another contestant sang exactly the same number of calls in two rounds, the box was opened and a mini CD player was discovered within! These remarkable true-life incidents inspired Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera.

ROCKING HORSE WINNER
(2016)
American Premiere

Music by Gareth Williams
Libretto by Anna Chatterton

Sung in English with English Supertitles

The first half of our double-bill will be the American Premiere of Rocking Horse Winner. This critically acclaimed chamber opera by Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton received its world premiere last season at Tapestry Opera in Toronto.  A modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s short story, Rocking Horse Winner explores the relationship between Paul and his emotionally distant mother. Paul becomes dangerously obsessed with solving the “bad luck” of his family in order to win his mother’s love. His pursuit awakens a strange magic that connects him not only to luck, but also to powerful voices only he can hear – voices that tell him which horses will win at the track. Rocking Horse Winner is an intimate, psychological look at love, “luck”, and greed.

DID YOU KNOW?

"The Rocking-Horse Winner" is a short story by D.H. Lawrence. It was first published in July 1926, in Harper’s Bazaar, and subsequently appeared in the first volume of Lawrence's collected short stories. It was made into a full-length film, directed by Anthony Pelissier and starring John Howard Davies, Valerie Hobson and John Mills; the film was released in the United Kingdom in 1949 and in 1950 in the United States.

Audience Advisory: This production contains mature themes, and VINKENSPORT contains suggestive, comedic adult content. This double-bill is not recommended for children.

For Tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/double-bill-rocking-horse-winner-and-vinkensport-or-the-finch-opera/

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Opera Saratoga
Jul
7
7:30 PM19:30

Opera Saratoga

THE CONSUL (1950)

Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti

Sung in English with English Supertitles

Audience Advisory: This production contains mature themes and is not suitable for young children, but is highly recommended for high-school aged students and older. 

In 1950, The New York Times hailed the Broadway premiere of The Consul as "a smash hit” and “an opera of eloquence, momentousness, and intensity of expression...written from the heart, with a blazing sincerity and a passion of human understanding… It is torn out of the life of the present-day world, and poses an issue which mercilessly confronts humanity today. And this is done with a new wedding of the English language with music in a way which is singable, intensely dramatic and poetic by turns, and always of beauty." Almost 70 years later, Gian Carlo Menotti’s riveting opera still delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter - the struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy. Set in an unnamed European city, political dissident John Sorel is on the run from the secret police. After he escapes the country, his devoted wife Magda clashes with the bureaucracy at the Consulate while trying to obtain an exit visa for her family. The emotional high point of the opera comes when Magda, thwarted in her quest for a visa, addresses the Consul’s secretary in “To this we’ve come,” a stirring lament over the world’s indifference to inhumanity and suffering. The suspenseful narrative surprises with several magical touches and is buoyed by a melodic score in which love, hope, and redemption all play their part.  The Consul - which won both the Pulitzer Prize in Music and the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award - remains as timely as when it was written, taking on renewed relevance for contemporary audiences.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Gian Carlo Menotti wrote The Consul in response to news reports and personal encounters he had with refugees fleeing Europe after World War II. Two stories in particular, taken from the pages of the New York Times, moved him deeply. One involved a group of Jewish refugees who became trapped on a bridge between Austria and Hungary. Based loosely on this article, Menotti wrote an unproduced screenplay for MGM. The story involved refugees trying to flee Austria to Hungary, but without passports or papers, they ended up trapped for a week on a bridge between the two countries. The other story involved Mrs. Sofia Feldy, a 38-year-old Polish immigrant, who hung herself on Ellis Island after being denied entry to the United States. Menotti dramatized the despair, risk and loss of immigrants, inspired by these stories and his own experience as an American immigrant with Italian citizenship labeled as an “enemy alien” during World War II.

For tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/the-consul/

 

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Opera Saratoga
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Opera Saratoga

THE MERRY WIDOW (1905)

Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by
Victor Léon and Leo Stein

Sung in English with English Supertitles

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This production is suitable for all audiences and is ideal for families!

One of the most popular operettas across the globe, The Merry Widow, returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich… and she’s captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Will all those dancing girls prove too distracting for the audience?! Franz Lehár's magical score features the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and many more beloved melodies. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Franz Lehár (1870–1948) trained at the Prague Conservatory, where his mentors included Antonín Dvořák. He wrote some orchestral music but is remembered primarily for his operettas, especially The Merry Widow, his breakthrough success, and The Land of SmilesThe Merry Widow, which was composed in 1905, ushered in a new era of operettas in which the waltz was used for romantic plot purposes, and was danced as much as sung. Opera Saratoga’s new production continues the company’s Opera-in-Motion initiative, in which dance is prominently integrated into one production each summer. 

For tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/the-merry-widow

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Opera Saratoga
Jul
9
2:00 PM14:00

Opera Saratoga

THE CONSUL (1950)

Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti

Sung in English with English Supertitles

Audience Advisory: This production contains mature themes and is not suitable for young children, but is highly recommended for high-school aged students and older. 

In 1950, The New York Times hailed the Broadway premiere of The Consul as "a smash hit” and “an opera of eloquence, momentousness, and intensity of expression...written from the heart, with a blazing sincerity and a passion of human understanding… It is torn out of the life of the present-day world, and poses an issue which mercilessly confronts humanity today. And this is done with a new wedding of the English language with music in a way which is singable, intensely dramatic and poetic by turns, and always of beauty." Almost 70 years later, Gian Carlo Menotti’s riveting opera still delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter - the struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy. Set in an unnamed European city, political dissident John Sorel is on the run from the secret police. After he escapes the country, his devoted wife Magda clashes with the bureaucracy at the Consulate while trying to obtain an exit visa for her family. The emotional high point of the opera comes when Magda, thwarted in her quest for a visa, addresses the Consul’s secretary in “To this we’ve come,” a stirring lament over the world’s indifference to inhumanity and suffering. The suspenseful narrative surprises with several magical touches and is buoyed by a melodic score in which love, hope, and redemption all play their part.  The Consul - which won both the Pulitzer Prize in Music and the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award - remains as timely as when it was written, taking on renewed relevance for contemporary audiences.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Gian Carlo Menotti wrote The Consul in response to news reports and personal encounters he had with refugees fleeing Europe after World War II. Two stories in particular, taken from the pages of the New York Times, moved him deeply. One involved a group of Jewish refugees who became trapped on a bridge between Austria and Hungary. Based loosely on this article, Menotti wrote an unproduced screenplay for MGM. The story involved refugees trying to flee Austria to Hungary, but without passports or papers, they ended up trapped for a week on a bridge between the two countries. The other story involved Mrs. Sofia Feldy, a 38-year-old Polish immigrant, who hung herself on Ellis Island after being denied entry to the United States. Menotti dramatized the despair, risk and loss of immigrants, inspired by these stories and his own experience as an American immigrant with Italian citizenship labeled as an “enemy alien” during World War II.

For tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/the-consul/

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Opera Saratoga
Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

Opera Saratoga

THE MERRY WIDOW (1905)

Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein

Sung in English with English Supertitles

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This production is suitable for all audiences and is ideal for families!

One of the most popular operettas across the globe, The Merry Widow, returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich… and she’s captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Will all those dancing girls prove too distracting for the audience?! Franz Lehár's magical score features the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and many more beloved melodies. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Franz Lehár (1870–1948) trained at the Prague Conservatory, where his mentors included Antonín Dvořák. He wrote some orchestral music but is remembered primarily for his operettas, especially The Merry Widow, his breakthrough success, and The Land of SmilesThe Merry Widow, which was composed in 1905, ushered in a new era of operettas in which the waltz was used for romantic plot purposes, and was danced as much as sung. Opera Saratoga’s new production continues the company’s Opera-in-Motion initiative, in which dance is prominently integrated into one production each summer. 

For tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/the-merry-widow

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Opera Saratoga
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Opera Saratoga

A WINNING DOUBLE BILL

VINKENSPORT,
or THE FINCH OPERA (2010/2018)
World Premiere (Chamber Version)

Music by David T. Little
Libretto by Royce Vavrek

Sung in English with English Supertitles

The second half of our double-bill will feature the World Premiere of a new chamber version of Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera. Originally commissioned by Dawn Upshaw for the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard Conservatory where it premiered in 2010, this opera was one of the earliest collaborations between David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, whose critically acclaimed works also include JFK and Dog Days. Vinkensport is a bittersweet comedy in one act that explores the nature of competition and the need to win through the frame of an obscure Flemish folk sport, Finch-Sitting. We see a motley assortment of contestants battle to see who has the most melodious bird. As they compete, the joys, sorrows, delusions and all-too-stark realities of their trainers are revealed.  Opera Saratoga has commissioned a new performing edition of Vinkensport, which will receive its world premiere as part of the 2018 Summer Festival.

DID YOU KNOW?

As with other sports, vinkensport (Dutch for "Finch Sport") has had its cheating scandals, as well as accusations of artificial enhancement. One finch sang a record 1,278 susk-e-weits in one hour, and the owner was later accused of doping the bird with testosterone. After another contestant sang exactly the same number of calls in two rounds, the box was opened and a mini CD player was discovered within! These remarkable true-life incidents inspired Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera.

ROCKING HORSE WINNER
(2016)
American Premiere

Music by Gareth Williams
Libretto by Anna Chatterton

Sung in English with English Supertitles

The first half of our double-bill will be the American Premiere of Rocking Horse Winner. This critically acclaimed chamber opera by Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton received its world premiere last season at Tapestry Opera in Toronto.  A modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s short story, Rocking Horse Winner explores the relationship between Paul and his emotionally distant mother. Paul becomes dangerously obsessed with solving the “bad luck” of his family in order to win his mother’s love. His pursuit awakens a strange magic that connects him not only to luck, but also to powerful voices only he can hear – voices that tell him which horses will win at the track. Rocking Horse Winner is an intimate, psychological look at love, “luck”, and greed.

DID YOU KNOW?

"The Rocking-Horse Winner" is a short story by D.H. Lawrence. It was first published in July 1926, in Harper’s Bazaar, and subsequently appeared in the first volume of Lawrence's collected short stories. It was made into a full-length film, directed by Anthony Pelissier and starring John Howard Davies, Valerie Hobson and John Mills; the film was released in the United Kingdom in 1949 and in 1950 in the United States.

Audience Advisory: This production contains mature themes, and VINKENSPORT contains suggestive, comedic adult content. This double-bill is not recommended for children.

For Tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/double-bill-rocking-horse-winner-and-vinkensport-or-the-finch-opera/

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Opera Saratoga
Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

Opera Saratoga

THE CONSUL (1950)

Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti

Sung in English with English Supertitles

Audience Advisory: This production contains mature themes and is not suitable for young children, but is highly recommended for high-school aged students and older. 

In 1950, The New York Times hailed the Broadway premiere of The Consul as "a smash hit” and “an opera of eloquence, momentousness, and intensity of expression...written from the heart, with a blazing sincerity and a passion of human understanding… It is torn out of the life of the present-day world, and poses an issue which mercilessly confronts humanity today. And this is done with a new wedding of the English language with music in a way which is singable, intensely dramatic and poetic by turns, and always of beauty." Almost 70 years later, Gian Carlo Menotti’s riveting opera still delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter - the struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy. Set in an unnamed European city, political dissident John Sorel is on the run from the secret police. After he escapes the country, his devoted wife Magda clashes with the bureaucracy at the Consulate while trying to obtain an exit visa for her family. The emotional high point of the opera comes when Magda, thwarted in her quest for a visa, addresses the Consul’s secretary in “To this we’ve come,” a stirring lament over the world’s indifference to inhumanity and suffering. The suspenseful narrative surprises with several magical touches and is buoyed by a melodic score in which love, hope, and redemption all play their part.  The Consul - which won both the Pulitzer Prize in Music and the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award - remains as timely as when it was written, taking on renewed relevance for contemporary audiences.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Gian Carlo Menotti wrote The Consul in response to news reports and personal encounters he had with refugees fleeing Europe after World War II. Two stories in particular, taken from the pages of the New York Times, moved him deeply. One involved a group of Jewish refugees who became trapped on a bridge between Austria and Hungary. Based loosely on this article, Menotti wrote an unproduced screenplay for MGM. The story involved refugees trying to flee Austria to Hungary, but without passports or papers, they ended up trapped for a week on a bridge between the two countries. The other story involved Mrs. Sofia Feldy, a 38-year-old Polish immigrant, who hung herself on Ellis Island after being denied entry to the United States. Menotti dramatized the despair, risk and loss of immigrants, inspired by these stories and his own experience as an American immigrant with Italian citizenship labeled as an “enemy alien” during World War II.

For tickets and information: http://www.operasaratoga.org/the-consul/

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Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra

SEASON FINALE: HIGDON, BRAHMS & YA COMPETITION WINNER

Featuring Jennifer Higdon's furiously virtousic opener, "Machine," and a concerto by our Young Artist Competition winner.

Jennifer Higdon: Machine
Concerto TBD (featuring our YA Competition Winner)
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra

Building bridges to music and community

Musical Director, Chris Whittaker

Our Mission

We want to touch and inspire a diverse and hungry audience where they live. Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra is a new non-profit arts education organization. Our home is Fort Washington Collegiate Church at 729 W. 181st St., who is partnering with us to present our 2nd season in 2016-17. This year we’re producing nine concerts featuring the orchestra and its fine musicians who will present solo recitals and chamber music to the neighborhood.  WHCO is comprised of professional musicians from Upper Manhattan. We’re neighbors. And we want you to come experience the music with us. 

Our Community

Located just one block west of Broadway at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra wants to connect all of us into a communal listening experience – an experience that celebrates diversity, engenders civic awareness, and enriches lives. More than classical music, our orchestra strives to be a place that connects the best art across genres and cultures and reconnects people in community. We want you to fall in love with this music. But we want more. We want you to be inspired by the positive energy created when like-minded people work together toward a common goal. 

AND YOU

Join us in building the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under IRS code 501(c)(3), and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

https://www.washingtonheightsorchestra.org

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Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire
Apr
15
3:30 PM15:30

Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire

The Easily Satisfied Lover

A creation of International Street Cannibals (Dan Barrett, founder/director), soprano Ariadne Greif and director Gray Palmer

An evening of vocal works from the period of early modernism, which reframes male narratives of romance through the voice and sensibility of a 21st century woman. Central to the evening is the performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s monodrama, Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21 (1912) – a fantastical setting of 21 poems by Belgian symbolist poet Albert Giraud and freely translated in German by Otto Erich Hartleben. The concert features conducting by maestro Christopher Lyndon-Gee; film footage by Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Caroline Mariko Stucky, especially created for this performance; and technical direction and stage management by Tyler Learned.

“Pierrot is sometimes a fictional storybook character, sometimes a deeply relatable caricature, and sometimes a real person the narrator seems to know or identify with,” says Greif. “With this Pierrot Lunaire, we want to reframe these antiquated male narratives of love as child-sized fables, but with a wider perspective.” Combining an early silent movie aesthetic with a childlike sensibility, Caroline Mariko Stucky’s film features surreal, moonlit, and non-narrative tableaux that continuously play with the notion of scale, while mimicking the symbolic landscapes and panoramas of the text.

With Ariadne Greif, soprano; Christopher Lyndon-Gee, conductor; Jessica Jade Han, flute/piccolo; Sammy Lesnick, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Tsukervanik, violin/viola; Dan Barrett, cello; Nara Avetisyan, piano

PROGRAM:

Arnold Schoenberg "Galathea” (1901) from Brettl-Lieder, no. 7; text by Frank Wedekind “Der genügsame Liebhaber” (1901) from Brettl-Lieder, no. 1; text by Hugo Salus

Ariadne Greif, soprano; Nara Avetisyan, piano

Alban Berg
“Lied der Lulu” from Act 2 of Lulu (1929–1935); arr. by Jonathan Keren; text adapted by the composer from plays of Frank Wedekind

Ariadne Greif, soprano; Christopher Lyndon-Gee, conductor
Ensemble: Jessica Jade Han, flute/piccolo; Sammy Lesnick, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Tsukervanik, violin/viola; Dan Barrett, cello; Nara Avetisyan, piano

Casimir Oberfeld
“La Femme est faite pour l’homme” (1934); text by René Pujol & Charles Louis Pothier

Ariadne Greif, soprano; Nara Avetisyan, piano

Arnold Schoenberg
Pierrot Lunaire (“Three times Seven Poems from Albert Giraud's Pierrot lunaire”), trans. by Otto Erich Hartleben

Ariadne Greif, soprano; Christopher Lyndon-Gee, conductor
Ensemble: Jessica Jade Han, flute/piccolo; Sammy Lesnick, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Tsukervanik, violin/viola; Dan Barrett, cello; Nara Avetisyan, piano
Film by Caroline Mariko Stucky

Sholom Secunda
“Bei Mir Bistu Shein” (1932); text by Jacob Jacobs
Ariadne Greif, soprano; Nara Avetisyan, piano

St Mark’s Church is located at 131 East 10th Street, New York City.
Tickets are $20. General Admission/$15 for seniors, students & children at door.

 

 

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Wicked the Musical
Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

Wicked the Musical

WICKED LOOKS AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF OZ... BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

http://wickedthemusical.com

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Wicked the Musical
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Wicked the Musical

WICKED LOOKS AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF OZ... BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

http://wickedthemusical.com

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Wicked the Musical
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Wicked the Musical

WICKED LOOKS AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF OZ... BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

http://wickedthemusical.com

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Wicked the Musical
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Wicked the Musical

WICKED LOOKS AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF OZ... BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

http://wickedthemusical.com

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Wicked the Musical
Mar
14
2:00 PM14:00

Wicked the Musical

WICKED LOOKS AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF OZ... BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

http://wickedthemusical.com

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Wicked the Musical
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Wicked the Musical

WICKED LOOKS AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF OZ... BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

http://wickedthemusical.com

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Wicked the Musical
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

Wicked the Musical

WICKED LOOKS AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF OZ... BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

http://wickedthemusical.com

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Wicked the Musical
Mar
3
2:00 PM14:00

Wicked the Musical

WICKED LOOKS AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAND OF OZ... BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

http://wickedthemusical.com

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Cantata Profana: Strange City
Feb
26
7:30 PM19:30

Cantata Profana: Strange City

Cantata Profana heads downtown to the fabulous Dixon Place theater for a wintry show about disturbing homecomings, urban underlife, and ominous cityscapes, featuring Claude Viviér’s Et je reverrai cette ville étrange (and I See this Strange City Again). Rare masterpieces by American composers mine beauty from construction sites and rat-infested sewers; Renaissance motets depict the glorious sprawl of the city of god; Spectral music for percussion conjures up the ruins of ancient civilizations; Aaron Copland’s classic Quiet City brings to mind the New York scenes of Edward Hopper.

 

To bring it all together, we are collaborating with master movement-maker Emma Jaster who will join us on stage to unfold the story of this sensational show.

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Cantata Profana: Strange City
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Cantata Profana: Strange City

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm and Monday, February 26 at 7:30 pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street

New York, NY 10002

 

TICKETS

Cantata Profana heads downtown to the fabulous Dixon Place theater for a wintry show about disturbing homecomings, urban underlife, and ominous cityscapes, featuring Claude Viviér’s Et je reverrai cette ville étrange (and I See this Strange City Again). Rare masterpieces by American composers mine beauty from construction sites and rat-infested sewers; Renaissance motets depict the glorious sprawl of the city of god; Spectral music for percussion conjures up the ruins of ancient civilizations; Aaron Copland’s classic Quiet City brings to mind the New York scenes of Edward Hopper.

 

To bring it all together, we are collaborating with master movement-maker Emma Jaster who will join us on stage to unfold the story of this sensational show.

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Mezzrow Classical Salon with David Oei
Feb
18
5:00 PM17:00

Mezzrow Classical Salon with David Oei

  • Sunday, February 18th
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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  • Artists: David Oei (Piano), Eriko Sato (Violin), Laila Salins (Vocalist), Jessica Han (Flute),Katarzyna Bryla (Viola)
  • Prominent classical pianist David Oei is the musical curator for this monthly classical salon featuring top chamber music players for an excellent afternoon of classical music in Mezzrow's music room.

    Concert runs from 5pm to 7pm with one intermission.

     

    Mozart: Duo for violin and viola in G major

    Allegro

    Nikos Skalkottas: Duo for violin and viola

    Ravel: Deux melodies hebraiques for voice and piano

    Kaddisch

    L'Enigme Eternelle

    Villa-Lobos: Suite for voice and violin

    Sertaneja

    Steven Christopher Sacco: Book Of Whimsy for piano solo

    Andante rubato

    Allegretto poco piu

    Allegro furioso

    Andatnte con moto

    Andante poco agitato

    Moderato con moto

    Allegro con fuoco

    Adagio

    Presto

    Andante rubato

     

    Intermission

     

    Verne Reynolds: Calls and Echoes for 2 flutes

    Gregory Spears: Savior Machine for voice and piano, text by Tracy K. Smith

    William Bolcom: Songs for voice and piano

    At the Last Lousy Moments of Love

    Over the piano

    Gary Shocker: Three Dances for 2 flutes and piano

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WILLIAM BRITTELLE'S SPIRITUAL AMERICA with Metropolis Ensemble
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

WILLIAM BRITTELLE'S SPIRITUAL AMERICA with Metropolis Ensemble

WILLIAM BRITTELLE'S SPIRITUAL AMERICA


Acclaimed indie rock duo Wye Oak--along with NYC's Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble — opens the evening with songs from their 2014 album Shriek arranged by Brooklyn-based composer William Brittelle. The centerpiece of the evening is the world premiere of Brittelle's song cycle, Spiritual America, a stunning mix of classical, electronic, and rock music performed by Wye Oak, Metropolis Ensemble’s full chamber orchestra (under guest conductor Michael Repper), and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Friday, February 16, 2018
Symphony Space / 2537 Broadway at 95th Street / New York, NY
8:00pm
Tickets: $25 General / $20 for 30 & Under (with ID)

For more information and tickets: 

 

 

 

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DCINY: THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

DCINY: THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Sir Karl Jenkins, DCINY Composer-in-Residence

Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Sing! The Music was Given
New Premiere Work by Karl Jenkins
Courtesy of the DCINY Premiere Project

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Katherine Pracht, Mezzo-Soprano

Diana McVey, Soprano

Katherine Pracht, Mezzo-Soprano

Brian Cheney, Tenor

Stephen Lancaster, Bass

For tickets and more information: 

https://www.dciny.org/concerts/the-music-of-sir-karl-jenkins/

 

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Amahl and the Night Visitors and John Rutter's Dancing Day
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Amahl and the Night Visitors and John Rutter's Dancing Day

  • The Church of Transfiguration: Little Church Around the Corner (map)
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Amahl and the Night Visitors and John Rutter’s Dancing Day
Transfiguration Boys and Girls Choirs and Camerata
$35 and $25 seniors and students

A fully staged and costumed production of Menotti’s beloved opera, with full orchestra, plus John Rutter’s Dancing Day. Luciano Pantano, Amahl; Jodi Karem, The Mother; Ben Thomas, Kaspar, Jake Ingbar, Melchior; Charles Brown, Balthazar. Katie Andrews, harp. “To hear and see the chorus, children and adults is to see a rainbow of nationalities united by music – perhaps the greatest unifying force in the world today!” — The Brooklyn Discovery

For tickets and more information:

http://littlechurch.org/event/amahl-and-the-night-visitors-and-john-rutters-dancing-day/2017-12-15

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DAS LIED VON DER ERDE
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

DAS LIED VON DER ERDE

  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Located in the Center for Jewish History (map)
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For this program YIVO joins forces with the young, “intrepid” (New Yorker) vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble Cantata Profana to present Gustav Mahler’s epic song symphony, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) in Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Riehn’s chamber orchestra arrangement. The program places this work in the context of its German and Jewish milieu pairing it with short works by Arnold Schoenberg, Johann Strauss IIGiacomo Meyerbeer, and Louis Lewandowski, as well as a new work by composer Alex Weiser showcasing a Jewish folk melody which Mahler might have heard as a young man. Alex Weiser will introduce the program with a brief discussion of Mahler’s Jewish identity, both from Mahler’s perspective and from that of those around him. 

Cantata Profana is a fearless vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble now entering its sixth season of presenting “every kind of classical music you might imagine” (New Yorker). The ensemble is devoted to new music, old music “to most anything, so long as the mixture is put together thoughtfully and put across persuasively” (NY Times). Cantata Profana’s artists combine virtuosic talent with innovative staging, lighting, and design, collaborating to present eclectic and diverse masterpieces with a theatrical flair. We transcend the typical chamber music concert with programming that pulls from every century, allowing pieces to speak to each other across time periods and continents, just as the performers speak to the audience. Each concert offers a never before imagined way of telling stories through music.

Tickets and more information:  

https://www.yivo.org/Mahler

http://www.cantataprofana.com/home

https://www.yivo.org/ 

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DCINY: Messiah...Refreshed!
Nov
26
2:00 PM14:00

DCINY: Messiah...Refreshed!

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

George Frideric Handel: Messiah

Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens' 1959 Re-Orchestration for full symphony orchestra

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Penelope Shumate, Soprano

Claudia Chapa, Mezzo-Soprano

John McVeigh, Tenor

Christopher Job, Baritone

 

For tickets and more information: 

www.dciny.org/concerts/messiah-refreshed-5/

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DCINY: The Suite Sounds of Christmas
Nov
19
8:30 PM20:30

DCINY: The Suite Sounds of Christmas

Sunday, Nov 19, 2017

8:30 PM

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Randol Bass, DCINY Composer-in-Residence

The Music of Randol Bass

Maestro Jonathan Griffith conducts The Night Before ChristmasSeasonal Sounds, Gloria, and A Feast of Carols narrated by composer Randol Bass. Both acts feature the Distinguished Concerts Singers International and Distinguished Concerts Orchestra.

Mark Hayes, Composer/Conductor

Mark HayesInternational Carol Suites (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

This work features 5 suites or movements. Each suite contains Christmas carols from a different part of the world, including Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the British Isles, South and Central America and North America. It was recently premiered by the commissioning choir in South Carolina: First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island.

Laura Sutton Floyd, Soprano

Jessica Best, Mezzo-Soprano

Mark Gilgallon, Baritone/Bass

Scott Joiner, Tenor

 

For tickets and more information: 

https://www.dciny.org/concerts/the-suite-sounds-of-christmas/

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Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra
Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra

  • Fort Washington Collegiate Church (map)
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SEASON KICK-OFF: MOZART, BARBER & RAVEL

Grammy-winning soprano Ilana Davidson joins music director Chris Whittaker and the outstanding musicians of the WHCO in an afternoon of beautiful music that draws inspiration from the nostalgia for the past and the evolution towards the future.

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Barber: Knoxville Summer of 1915
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, “Prague” K. 504

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra

Building bridges to music and community

Musical Director, Chris Whittaker

Our Mission

We want to touch and inspire a diverse and hungry audience where they live. Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra is a new non-profit arts education organization. Our home is Fort Washington Collegiate Church at 729 W. 181st St., who is partnering with us to present our 2nd season in 2016-17. This year we’re producing nine concerts featuring the orchestra and its fine musicians who will present solo recitals and chamber music to the neighborhood.  WHCO is comprised of professional musicians from Upper Manhattan. We’re neighbors. And we want you to come experience the music with us. 

Our Community

Located just one block west of Broadway at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra wants to connect all of us into a communal listening experience – an experience that celebrates diversity, engenders civic awareness, and enriches lives. More than classical music, our orchestra strives to be a place that connects the best art across genres and cultures and reconnects people in community. We want you to fall in love with this music. But we want more. We want you to be inspired by the positive energy created when like-minded people work together toward a common goal. 

AND YOU

Join us in building the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under IRS code 501(c)(3), and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

https://www.washingtonheightsorchestra.org

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