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2015 SHOWCASE

 

December 5, 2015 

National Opera Center

 

OVERVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPOSERS

 

Alex Burtzos

Jillian Flexner

Eric Delgado

Rachel DeVore Fogarty

Denise Mei Yan Hofman

 

 

MUSICIANS

 

Victoria Benson, soprano

Alicia Bisha, violin

Jonathan Brinson, tenor

Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

Eric Cooper, cello

 

 

RECORDINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

 

Jillian Flexner, Valerie’s Lullabye – from Zvezda II

            Kelly Lockwood, oboe

            Megan Yee, violin

            Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

            Markus Kaitila, piano

            Michelle Siemens, mezzo-soprano

 

Eric Delgado, A Divine Image

            Ian Tyson, clarinet

            Alaina Rea, viola

            Eric Cooper, cello

            Markus Kaitila, baritone

 

Marcus Maroney, Contemplation

            Ian Tyson, clarinet

            Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

            Claire Myers, soprano

 

Brian Holmes, There Was an Old Man

            Alicia Bisha, violin

            Jonathan Brinson, tenor

 

Denise Mei Yan Hofman, Ink Dark Moon

            Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

            Heather Foutz, mezzo-soprano

 

Dale Trumbore, The Thirst in the Lungs, Movement 3

 – Union Square Station

            Markus Kailtila, piano

            Victoria Benson, soprano

 

Rachel DeVore Fogarty, The Taxi

            Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

            Michelle Siemens, mezzo-soprano

 

Alex Weiser, Marks, Movement 3

            Markus Kaitila, piano

            Barbara Porto, soprano

 

Alex Burtzos, The Hill Wife*

           Megan Yee, violin

           Lish Lindsay, flute

           Alex Yu, clarinet

           Leo Seoda, cello

           Rachel Selan, mezzo-soprano

           Victoria Benson, coach

 

* Winner of the Showcase Competition

 

New music, particularly vocal pieces, represents the legacy of the cultural heritage of the magnificent and long-enduring genre of opera. Our “Showcase of New Songs and Arias” is an evening presentation of 8-10 new vocal works—either stand-alone songs, or arias from a larger works—keeping the operatic genre alive and fresh. The pieces are selected from a Call for Scores, yielding typically over 200 submissions, by a panel of Board members and advisors. The criteria for selecting pieces includes: overall quality—is the piece finished, does the orchestration make sense, is it sing-able; innovation—what does the piece to uniquely, how has the composer’s idiom pushed through the lyrics; programmability—how well does it fit into the overall program of the “Showcase”, ; ensuring that our “Showcase” is of the highest caliber. Musicians are selected from our Core Company Residents, who are vocalists and instrumentalists that are enthusiastic about new music and meet our high standards of excellence and professionalism in performance.

Brian Holmes

Marcus Maroney

Dale Trombore

Alex Weiser

Heather Foutz, mezzo soprano

Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

Markus Kaitila, piano

Lish Lindsey, flute

Kelly Lockwood, oboe

Claire Myers, soprano

Barbara Porto, soprano

Alaina Rea, violin

Rachel Selan, mezzo soprano

Leo Seoda, cello

Michelle Siemens, mezzo soprano

Ian Tyson, clarinet

Megan Yee, violin

Alex Yu, clarinet