2014 SHOWCASE OF NEW SONGS AND ARIAS 

 

November 17, 2014

National Opera Center

 

 

OVERVIEW

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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.

 

 

COMPOSERS

 

Jason Bahr                                

Whitney George                        

Wang Jie                                    

 

 

MUSICIANS

 

Eric Cooper, cello

Denise Crawfort, piano

Sarah Franklin, violin

Elise Frawley, viola

 

 

RECORDINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Moppet Songs, Jason Bahr (1998)

Wayne Paul, baritone

Markus Kaitila, piano

 

Fools, Philip Wharton (2014)

Wayne Paul, baritone

Markus Kaitila, piano

 

Eating Poetry, Andrew Watts (2011)

Devony Smith, soprano

Paul Kerekes, piano

 

Joy, Aleks Savitski (2011)

Devony Smith, soprano

Paul Kerekes, piano

 

My Song, David Morneau (2013)

Rachel Silverman, soprano

Elyse Levine, cello

 

Selection from “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Whitney George (2010)

Denise Crawfort, soprano

Paul Kerekes,piano

 

Selections from “An Australian Backyard”, Paul Kopetz (2011)

Denise Crawfort, soprano

Alex Yu, clarinet

Eric Cooper, cello

Paul Kerekes, piano

 

A Silence Older Than Love, Wang Jie (2014)

Jane Hoffman, soprano

Sarah Franklin, violin

Eric Cooper, cello

Markus Kaitila, piano

 

Void, Nina Young (2013)

Jane Hoffman,

soprano Elise Frawley, viola

Markus Kaitila, piano

 

 

 

 

Paul Kopetz

David Morneau

Aleks Savitski

Andrew Watts

Philip Wharton

Nina Young

Jane Hoffman, soprano

Markus Kaitila, piano

Paul Kerekes, piano

Elyse Levine, cello

Wayne Paul, baritone

Rachel Silverman, soprano

Devony Smith, soprano

Alex Yu, clarinet