For this performance,RWO will present a retrospective of the ensemble's recent chamber opera premieres from 2012 to 2019, including excerpts from their May 2020 mainstage production of Adam Matlock and Brian Slattery's Red Giant at The Flea Theater. Other selections include their 10th-anniversary opera Rumpelstiltskin (music by Ruby Fulton and George Lam), On Lonelinessand Solitude (music by Colin Read), and their critically acclaimed 2019 production of The Impossible She (music by Daniel Thomas Davis). This special performance will feature RWO ensemble members Elisabeth Halliday-Quan, Bonnie Lander, and Robert Maril, pianist Christopher Wilson, and saxophonist Zach Herchen, as well as conversations with the ensemble hosted by co-artistic director George Lam.
In a review of Rhymes With Opera's recent mainstage production of Daniel Thomas Davis's opera The Impossible She, Parterre Box called RWO "a leading voice in the performing and commissioning of contemporary opera." RWO includes founding company members Ruby Fulton (composer); Elisabeth Halliday (soprano); George Lam (composer); Bonnie Lander (soprano); and Robert Maril (baritone). During the 2012-2013 season, Rhymes With Opera expanded to include a house band, the Rhymes With Orchestra, a chamber ensemble comprised of some of this generation's most exciting contemporary instrumentalists. With the addition of the RWOrchestra, RWO has become a self-contained contemporary opera machine, commissioning and producing works that can be performed whole-cloth by the company. Since 2007, RWO has commissioned more than 17 new operas, ranging from one-minute "signature" pieces to evening-length productions. New operas commissioned and produced by RWO include Travis Sullivan's Three Modern Pieces, Thomas Limbert's Numbers / Dates, Jenny Olivia Johnson's Book of Gazes, Kathleen Bader's Leads, Douglas Buchanan's Goblin Market, David Smooke's Criminal Element, Adam Matlock's Red Giant, and Erik Spangler's Cantata For A Loop Trail, an outdoor hiking opera set in Gwynn Falls Leakin Park in Baltimore and Inwood Hill Park in New York City. https://www.rhymeswithopera.org/
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Program: Rilke Songbook (world-premiere)
Who: Kyle Oliver, baritone; Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo soprano; Michael Brofman, piano; Blair McMillen, piano
When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 8PM
Where: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
More Information: www.BrooklynArtSongSociety.org
Purchase Tickets: www.brownpapertickets,com
Brooklyn Art Song Society is proud to announce its second commissioned work, Brooklyn-based composer Michael Rose's Rilke Songbook. Michael Rose is an esteemed composer known for his intellectual rigor and poignant lyricism. Rainer Maria Rilke is one of the greatest German poets, but his poetry is notoriously difficult to successfully set to music. Mr. Rose's songbook is therefor a virtuosic undertaking, one he has accomplished with unqualified success. Two noted interpreters of contemporary music make their BASS debuts in this concert: pianist Blair McMIllen (Da Capo Chamber Players) and mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn. They are joined by pianist Michael Brofman (artistic director) and baritone Kyle Oliver. Be sure not to miss this world premiere of an important contribution to modern art song.
About Brooklyn Art Song Society:
Hailed by the New York Times as "ambitious" and "a company well worth watching," the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its fourth season of first-rate music making in the fall of 2013. Dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music, BASS presents programs of epic scope yet intimate at the same time. Past highlights have included performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives, Henri Duparc, a festival of works from Franz Schubert's last year and an ongoing project to present the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with important living composers such as Tom Cipullo, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, and Yehudi Wyner, and has commissioned works from Brooklyn-based composers Marie Incontrera and Michael Rose. The 2013-14 season will feature concerts in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston and South Bend, Indiana of works by Johannes Brahms, Lowell Liebermann, Michael Rose, Clara and Robert Schumann, and Hugo Wolf featuring some of the worlds finest young singers including sopranos Martha Guth and Laura Strickling, mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta, tenor Dominic Armstrong, baritones John Brancy and Michael Kelly, pianists Spencer Myer and Erika Switzer, and many, many more. For more information visit: www.brooklynartsongsociety.org