Celebrating The Music of Jennifer Fitzgerald (1975-2007)

September 17, 2008

The Duke New Music Ensemble [dnme] opens their second season with a special collaboration with Durham’s own pulsoptional, bringing to Duke a memorial tribute concert that celebrates the music of Duke alumna and C&V composer Jennifer Fitzgerald, who passed away last year after a prolonged fight with cancer.

DUKE NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE [dnme] and PULSOPTIONAL present

Jennifer Fitzgerald

Jennifer Fitzgerald

THE MUSIC OF JENNIFER FITZGERALD (1975-2007)
featuring ABIGAIL FISCHER, mezzo soprano, SLOAN HOFFMAN, horn, JOHN McDONALD (composer and piano) and GLENN MEHRBACH (piano)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 at 8PM
THE ARK DANCE STUDIO (Duke University East Campus)
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

FREE ADMISSION
Co-sponsored in part by the Duke University Program in Women’s Studies, Dance Program, Graduate Student Affairs, and the Department of Music.  The Duke New Music Ensemble’s 2008-09 season is made possible through the McClatchey Music Endowment in the Department of Music.  For more information, please visit music.duke.edu or call (919) 660-3300.

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Osgood to conduct Oresteia and Marco Polo

September 17, 2008
Steven Osgood

Steven Osgood

Former AOP Artistic Director Steven Osgood will take the baton to an upcoming American premiere and new production in The Netherlands. Osgood will conduct the opening of the Miller Theater’s season in September with Iannis Xenakis’s Oresteia, and will make his debut with De Nederlandse Opera in November conducting Tan Dun‘s Marco Polo.

Iannis Xenakis: Oresteia
The Miller Theatre at Columbia University
September 13, 16 & 17 @ 8:00

Steven Osgood, conductor
Luca Veggetti, director and choreographer

Xenakis’s only opera, receiving its U.S. premiere, throws together one soloist (Wilbur Pauley), 18 women, 16 men, 20 children, 6 dancers, and 13 instrumentalists (from the remarkable ICE Ensemble).  And if that were not enough, everyone on stage has a handful of percussion instruments– slapsticks, maracas, simantras, and Acme sirens!  At the end of the opera’s 70 minutes of singing and shouting in Ancient Greek, 200 lucky audience members are given small mylar flags to wave in celebration.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

Tan Dun: Marco Polo
De Nederlandse Opera
November 23 (mat), 26, 28

Steven Osgood, conductor
Pierre Audi, director

This new production of Marco Polo features an international cast, including my old friends Nancy Allen Lundy, Stephen Bryant and Charles Workman.  The opera is a fantastic and imaginative musical journey from Italy to China which I have long looked forward to conducting.  I am happy to be be collaborating again with Tan, who will conduct the beginning of the run, and am very excited to be making my debut with De Nederlandse Opera.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here


C&V composers Cummings and Weisman featured at Philly’s Center City Opera Theater

September 17, 2008
Conrad Cummings

Conrad Cummings

Stefan Weisman

Stefan Weisman

Conrad Cummings‘s The Golden Gate and Stefan Weisman‘s Fade, two projects that have workshopped at AOP, were staged by the Center City Opera Theater at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival from September 12th to 14th. The Golden Gate will receive an AOP workshop of the entire opera in 2009. The official premiere of Fade will take place by the Second Movement Opera Company in London from October 22nd to 25th.


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