The Roger Zahab composed opera scenes known as Happy Hour will continue to pop up around local watering holes on tonight (Thursday) and Friday, and you can see the complete set in performances at the Twentieth Century Club on Saturday and Sunday. Details are in this P-G article and here.
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Happy Hour! takes you into the minds of average Pittsburghers as they contemplate, in musical fashion, a meet-up in a local bar. From first dates to break-ups, to drinks with the girls or guys’ night out, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh has commissioned this series of “bar arias” (barias?), set to music by Roger Zahab, that will allow you to eavesdrop into the personal lives of the characters. Some will succeed, some may fail, but you’ll be guaranteed laughs, fun situations, and a unique way to experience opera. We’ll present the complete cycle of Happy Hour! at SummerFest, but we’ll also be performing individual arias—two or three at a time—at various Pittsburgh bars during happy hour throughout the months of June and July. We’ll try to let you know in advance where and when, but you’ll never quite know…until the person next to you at the bar breaks out into song!
|July 22, 2014|
Beaux Arts Ballroom
at the Twentieth Century Club
With A New Kind of Fallout (working title), SummerFest offers you a wonderful opportunity to see a new opera in its early stage. With music by noted composer Gilda Lyons (Night Caps: Moonlight Suite from 2012) and a libretto by Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan (A Soldier’s Heart, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods), A New Kind of Fallout is an evening-length work touching on the life of Rachel Carson, the Pittsburgh-trained scientist and author whose seminal 1962 work, Silent Spring, helped launch the environmental movement in the United States. We’ll present a workshop performance of the work, with feedback sessions with the composer, librettist, and director as part of the opera’s ongoing development for a world premiere at SummerFest 2015.
Support for the development of A New Kind of Fallout is provided by the following funds of The Pittsburgh Foundation: the James H. Beal Fund, the George and Anna Neider Fun, the Helen Mason Moore Fund, and the Gail N. Platt Arts Fund.
Additional support for the development of A New Kind of Fallout is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Maybe it’s the price of gas, maybe it’s Pittsburgh’s growing cachet as a Global Destination City (GDC), or maybe it’s the tantalizing prospect of a winning baseball season. But whatever the reason, y’nz are stayin’ around the Burgh or coming to visit, and the good news is that there is no lack of innovative music to take in while you’re (still) here.
Your new music staycation starts tonight with the lastest installment of the new Crucible Sound series and the first of two performances of Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow by Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. FYI, both performances of Shining Brow are nearly sold out, so now’s the time to move on that.
Friday Saturday night Ravish Momin’s Tarana performs at the Wood Street Gallery, and did I mention that Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is back in town and ready to launch their new season? Everything’s on the events calendar in more detail, so do give it a look.
Speaking of the events calendar, you’ll notice that I’ve been posting all events directly to the main page recently. the downside is that events no longer automatically post in chronological order in the body of the blog, but they still do appear chronologically in the events widget in the right column, so if there’s any confusion, that’s also a good way to get to the info. Hope you like the new look.
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Music by Daron Hagen
Words by Paul Muldoon
Frank Lloyd Wright looms as an iconic presence in American architecture, by virtue of his extraordinary creativity and larger-than-life ego. Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow reveals the inner landscape of Wright’s heart through a tragic love affair with the wife of a client. Shining Brow is at once intimate and universal.
Hailed as “one of the most important American operas of the past decade,” Shining Brow (1993) appears in a newly-revised version created by the composer especially for SummerFest.
Directed by Jonathan Eaton
Conducted by Robert Frankenberry
Kevin Kees as Frank Lloyd Wright
Lara Lynn Cottrill as Mamah Cheney
James Flora as Louis Sullivan
Dimitrie Lazich as Edwin Cheney
Kara Cornell as Catherine Wright
Anna McTiernan as the Maid
New music fans have a lot to choose from this weekend as Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble gets underway, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh launches a new summer season that includes new mini-music dramas with each performance, and ELCO premieres a new work by David Gerard Matthews, On the Origin of the World, with Shanna Simmons Dance—part of Relative Positions at the Union Project.
And what am I doing to celebrate July Fourth you ask? Why interviewing THEEEEEEE One and Only Lindsey Goodman about the upcoming pnme season, of course. Look for lots of good insights from Lindsey is this space soon.
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|July 15, 2012|
Let’s start with the most important thing to know about Nightcaps for new music fans: The complete series of mini-music dramas by living composers will happen on Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m. (which I guess would make it more of a cocktail, but… details!) Performances of the individual mini-music dramas take place after the main bill on the dates indicated.
With a libretto by Rob Handel, the basic idea is that each mini-music drama takes place in a different room of the same hotel. If you are planning to go mainly for the min-operas, you’ll want to catch the complete Nightcaps series on July 15 at 5 p.m. Here’s the run down for the whole series:
• Friday July 6, 10:00pm. Valkyrie Suite, Eric Moe
• Saturday July 7, 10:00pm. Bridal Suite, Dwayne Fulton
• Sunday July 8, 5:30pm. Presidential Suite, Roger Zahab
• Thursday July 12, 10:00pm. I Hope the Moonlight Suite is Okay, We Recommend it When the Honeymoon Suite isn’t Available, Gilda Lyons
• Friday July 13, 10:00pm. George Washington Suite, Daron Aric Hagen
• Saturday July 14, 11:00pm. Honeymoon Suite, Alberto Garcia Demestres
• Sunday July 15, 5:00pm. Complete Night Caps Series