Our last monthly salon of the 2006-07 season is this Sunday, June 10 from 2-5pm at the Ellington Room, Manhattan Plaza 400 W 43, enter 9th Avenue. The Ellington Room is on the second floor.
As we wrap up the current season, we appropriately look forward:Our new Honorary Member, DINU GHEZZO has offered a presentation of electro-acoustic works of his. This should be a great introduction of Dinu as we welcome him to the NYCC. Hope to see you there!
Caution: The following announcement may not be suitable to all audiences — RR.
Speaking of Honorary Members, JOHN EATON wants us to know about his new opera: “Pumped Fiction.” He writes, “The first full length comic opera (with serious overtones) by Librettist Estela Eaton and her father, Composer John Eaton, about the world’s leading inventor-maker of … Penis Pumps. Sponsored by the Pocket Opera Players and the ACA, as the opening event of the latter’s 70th year Festival of American Music. At the Leonard Nimoy Thalia of Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway, New York. June 20, 8 PM. Take the 2, 3, or 1 subway to 96th St. and Broadway (or the C subway to 96th St. and Central Park West.)
Tickets $25; $20 for students, members and seniors. For tickets call (212) 864-5400 or go to www.symphonyspace.com
Singers: Linda Larson, Jennifer Roderer, James Bobick, Ken Roht, Archie Worley, Craig Phillips; Instrumentalist-Performers: Jane Rigler, Meighan Stoops, Christopher Oldfather, Dennis Sullivan, Ana Milosavljevic, Jody Redhage, Sascha Von Oertzen (electronics); Conductor, Karl Kramer; Director, Beth Greenberg; Lighting, Brant Murray; Costume and Prop Creator, Brent Barkhaus; Producer, Cori Ellison; Stage Manager, Isabel Martin.
MARTIN HALPERN‘s opera, The Well of Immortality, will be presented by the Theater for the New City, at the Community Theater Space (155 First Avenue) June 7, 8 and 9 at 8 P.M., June 10 at 3 P.M. Described as a chamber opera in the style of Japanese Noh Drama, the plot concerns two men – one old and withered (bass), one young and robust (baritone) – who pursue a dream of earthly immortality offered by the waters of a magic well guarded by a mute and mysterious woman. Two other singers (tenor and soprano) serve as both narrators and commentators, and a flute and cello accompany all the singing and all the action. Martin wrote the music and libretto, freely based on W.B. Yeats’s play At the Hawk’s Well. The cast includes Jacqueline Thompson, soprano; Aram Tchobanian, tenor; Chad Armstrong, baritone; Samuel Smith, bass; and Jeanette Stoner in a silent role. Jill Sokol, flute and Katherine Cherbas, cello make up the instrumentalists. Tickets $15; Seniors and Students $10
Or phone Theater Mania at 212-352-3101
Several of you who attended a recent Recorded Reading, and more of you who were introduced to the sisters Sofia and Stanichka Dimitrova at last night’s concert, will be interested in knowing that RICHARD RUSSELL‘s Two Rilke Songs will be premiered Sunday, June 24, at 3pm. Joining this soprano/violin pair is pianist Tomoko Nakayama. The venue is Holy Name Church in Brooklyn, 245 Prospect Park West. Suggested donation is $15. More info at 718-499-3031 or at musicabella.com. (Also on the concert is Bach, Brahms and Vivaldi. Hmm. Where’d that Russell guy come from?)
The NYCC congratulates our friend, tenor STEVEN EBEL, who was awarded 2nd place in the Montreal International Musical Competition. In recognition of his achievement, he performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in the Competition Gala, performing two of the works that earned him this prestigious award. A podcast of highlights from the semi-finals should is available at the website www.radio-canada.ca/cmim
There was also a review of the concert at: