Frisson Films to Premiere Three New Works in Virtual Festival and Fundraiser

By Logan Martell

On Feb. 24, 2021, Frisson Films will host their third annual Frisson Festival and fundraiser, which will be held virtually this year via YouTube.

With a focus on the filmed expression of classical music, the organization will premiere three works that were created in 2020, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and testimonials from the artists.

The first premiere will be “Le Desert et la Mer,” a fully animated film by Joe Bradford. The music is a commissioned a cappella piece by Nathaniel Adams and text by Nadine Picard. Written for five voices, it will be sung by Elyse Anne Kakacek, Katie Seiler, Tomas Cruz, Nathaniel Adams, and Jared Gravely.

The second will be “The Nightingale Songs,” by Rossa Crean, with original artwork by Claire Townsend, and featuring five short art songs by Bea Goodwin based on the 2018 Supreme Court nomination hearings of Brett Kavanaugh. Written a cappella for a soprano, it will be performed by Kakacek.

The third, “Echo” combines a solo violin performance of Shostakovich’s “Concerto in A Minor” cadenza by Kelly Hall-Tompkins, with interpretive movement and aerial arts by Alexandra Peter. The film seeks to express sentiments born from the Black Lives Matter movement and to speak against oppression with art.

The festival will also include a screening of the teaser trailer for “Exposure,” a new, full-length opera by composer Dan Felsenfeld and librettist Bea Goodwin. Starring Sara Lin Yoder and Elyse Anne Kakacek, the work is commissioned by the Boston-based duo, Transient Canvas.