Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A composer to watch

Here is a composer we should keep an eye on. He's got a performance coming up.

Dear friends:
Coming up this spring is a big event I want to let you all know about-- the first performance of a scene from "The Rat Land," my opera-in-progress, at the Improvised and Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn. The cast consists of five remarkable singers, and the orchestra is the NYC-based Anti-Social Music. We are last on the program, which begins at 8pm (we'll go on around 10), and the performance lasts about half an hour. I hope you will come earlier and see the other groups that evening, a mixture of experimental music, dance and video. Tickets can be purchased online at the Improvised and Otherwise Website; see below.

I hope you can be there and I look forward to seeing you! Please spread the word if you can. ---GB

Saturday, April 1, 2006, 8pm
The Rat Land
A chamber opera by Gordon Beeferman, libretto by Charlotte Jackson

Prologue and Scene 1, premiere performance
featuring Anti-Social Music, Clay Greenberg, conductor

Cast: Laurie Rubin, soprano; Michael Douglas Jones, bass-baritone; Marcus DeLoach, tenor; Martha Sullivan, soprano; Andrew Catalano, tenor

Directed by Beth Greenberg

“The Rat Land” chronicles the disintegration of a troubled and eccentric family. The plot centers on their adolescent daughter, Karen, coming of age as best she can amidst a post-Cold War American Grotesque. Caught between her nightmarish home life and a near-psychotic fantasy world of her own devising, she faces grown-up problems of violence, isolation, madness, and death. Prologue: a mysterious apparition. Scene 1: the family’s dinner hour is ruined. Later, Karen reveals to us her secret fantasy world and its deities…

presented by the Improvised and Otherwise Festival
@ BRIC Studio, 57 Rockwell Place, Brooklyn
(in Ft. Greene near the intersection of Fulton and Flatbush; 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St.)
tickets $15/$25 for the whole festival

Anti-Social Music is a non-profit collective of composers and performers in their 20s and 30s created for the purpose of presenting new work by emerging musicians at concert halls, clubs, festivals, and rooftops. ASM is dedicated to supporting the music of our generation and connecting the worlds of composed contemporary classical/jazz and the rock/punk/indie scenes that surround us.

Beth Greenberg is a stage director at New York City Opera.

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