Monthly Archive: April 2009
Posted on 30 April 2009
Extracts from A Bird in Your Ear will performed on WNYC Evening Music (93.9 FM) on Friday May 1st around 7pm, as a preview to the City Opera VOX performance on Saturday evening.
We had the sitzprobe yesterday, after making a last minute dash to the crazy "mind-your-head-on-that-sitar" world of Music Inn on West 4th to secure some additional bird call instruments needed for the closing pages of the piece. After some initial resistance to the idea, members of the orchestra could soon be found in all corners of the rehearsal building diligently practising their bird effects. It was quite a treat.
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Posted on 28 April 2009
Bridget Kibbey performs the premiere of Caja de musica tonight at Carnegie's Weill hall. (Tickets)
The City Opera performance of A Bird in Your Ear is on Saturday, the VOX website has sold out, but apparently a good number of the (free) registered tickets don't get taken up, so the organises are telling us that people who turn up on the day should have a good chance of being getting in.
Posted on 18 April 2009
The Groanbox Boys and Metropolis Ensemble conducted by Andrew Cyr play Groanbox Mvt 4: Redhook Revival Rival.
The Carnegie Hall website has released the recording of the world premiere performance of Gumboots by Todd Palmer and the St Lawrence Quartet. I've recently been doing some re-working on the piece, sprucing and tightening it up. I've also uploaded all 4 movements from Groanbox, also from the world premiere, played by the Metropolis Ensemble and the Groanbox Boys at LPR in January. As you can see above, a great video of the complete piece is now also available on my Groanbox page, and video of the Groanbox Boys subsequent set, together with Michael's lagerphone piece Kicking Up Dust can be found on the Metropolis Ensemble's page on vimeo
Posted on 14 April 2009
As a tie-in with the VOX performance of A Bird in Your Ear, students at NYU have been rehearsing extracts from the opera and will be giving a performance of them tomorrow, April 15th, at The Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 West 4th Street, NYC (3:30 - 4:45), together with another of this year's VOX operas, Car Crash Opera by Michaela Eremiasova and Jairo Duarte-Lopez. The students will repeat the performances as a masterclass for NYCO's Maestro Gerald Steichen at New York State Theater building (exact location tbc) on Apr 24th. Anyone interested in attending please contact me.
Posted on 10 April 2009
NYCO VOX has put up a nice introductory video to this year's VOX Festival:
The site also has a page to tickets for the event here which is free but which sold out last year, so well worth booking in advance if you're thinking of attending.
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