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IndieOpera

Ensemble For These Times With Luna Composition Lab Announces Winners Of 2023 Call For Scores

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Following its successful 15th anniversary season, Ensemble for These Times (E4TT), an award-winning San Francisco-based contemporary chamber group, in partnership with Luna Composition Lab, has unveiled the winners of its 2023 Call for Scores. During the selection phase, the E4TT was presented with 22 scores from 13 emerging women and nonbinary composers. From this pool, they chose six outstanding pieces {…}

IndieOpera, Pride Month

ChamberQUEER Presents ‘Constellation Festival’ as Part of Pride Month 2024

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ChamberQUEER has announced its “Constellation Festival,” a celebration of queer community, diversity, and excellence in chamber music for 2024 Pride month. “Constellation” is the organization’s sixth annual Pride month festival. The Fringe Festival-style format will provide a diversity of affordable cultural programming that platforms queer artists during Pride month, including family-friendly, sensory-friendly, and free events. Only vocal events are featured for {…}

News

Ensemble for These Times Announces the Winning Commissions From its 2023 Call for Scores

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The winners of the Ensemble for These Times and Luna Composition Lab’s 2023 Call for Scores have been announced to the public. Commission winners are Lucy Chen’s work for cello and piano, Madeine Clara Cheng‘s commission for soprano, cello, piano, and tape, and Caleb Palka’s piece written for soprano and piano. Sage Shurman’s piano trio, “Composure” also receives special recognition, {…}

News

Composer Ellen Reid Signs With Wise Music Group

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Multi-genre composer Ellen Reid has signed a global publishing deal with Wise Music Group and Chester Music Limited. Reid is currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with New Mexico Philharmonic and is the Contemporary Music Chair for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Reid received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera “p r i s m.” Along with composer Missy Mazzoli, {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Alice Tully Hall 2023 Review: iSing! Suzhou’s ‘Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems’

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On Jan. 7, 2023, iSing Suzhou, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Asian Performing Arts Council presented “Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems” at Alice Tully Hall. The event, in celebration of the Lunar New Year, was the culmination of a compositional competition that initiated in 2020. The composition yielded competitions from around the world, and the winners got {…}

Opera Meets Film

Opera Meets Film: How Straub & Huillet’s ‘Moses und Aron’ Leaves Us to Our Own Interpretative Devices

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Despite Arnold Schoenberg’s (1874-1951) widespread popularity as one of the most important ‘fathers of serialism’ and the person almost solely responsible for ushering in the age of dodecaphony (12-tone technique), his four operas are largely unknown. Despite this, it was Schoenberg’s fourth opera, “Moses und Aron,” which would transform opera forever. No longer constricted by the indulgent attitudes of Italian {…}

Editorials

Regietheater or Werktreue – What Should Be the Role of Directors in Opera?

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In a 2019 article, Lynn René Bayley castigated modern opera for its “bastardization” of its sacred origins. She declared that the post-modernist operatic aesthetic relies too much on brazen sexuality and enigmatic “shock-value,” with such dependencies producing nothing but “gutter trash” performances that are poisoning the artform’s contemporary credibility. After having expressed her disgust at Hans Neuenfels’ laboratory-themed take on Wagner’s {…}

News, Streaming

Kaufman Music Center Announces 2021 Gala Featuring Angel Blue

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Kaufman Music Center (KMC) has announced its 2021 gala honoring Devorah Rose and David Krieger. The event will stream on June 7, 2021, and raise funds for KMC’s music education programs. KMC’s education initiatives serve 3000 children and teens, with the organization investing $6 million annually to support the Special Music School, a New York City-based grades K-12 school where {…}

DVD and CD Reviews, Reviews

Off the Beaten Track: David Hertzberg’s ‘The Rose Elf’ Will Have You Checking Your Bouquets

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Off the Beaten Track is an album review series that takes readers on a cross-disciplinary journey through recordings, spotlighting the cool, the unusual, and the beautiful work created by artists who push boundaries and take the road less traveled. I have a spooky story for you. Ten friends (seven young women and three young men) flee to the countryside to {…}