Hunter College Hosts Launch of Douglas Moore Songbook

By David Salazar

The National Opera Association, the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera, and Opera Index are joinng forces with The American Opera Project, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Hunter College and Manhattan School of Music to present the launch of the Douglas Moore Song Book and celebrate 20th century Opera Composers.

The event will take place throughout March 14, 2020 at Lang Recital Hall in Hunter College. It will be divided up into two sessions.

Dominick Argento will be the focus of the opening session with such artists as Libby Larsen and Lauren Flanigan honoring the maestro.

Virgil Thomson will also be honored during this opening session with Nancy Rhodes of Encompass New Opera Theatre and Charles Fussell of the Virgil Thomson Foundation speaking about the composer. Tenor Oswaldo Iraheta and Baritone Mark Watson will perform.

There will also be a discussion led by Mirando Beeson and Susan Gonzalez on American Opera through the Lens of Beeson and Moore.

In the second session of the day, the focus will shift fully to Douglas Moore. In the first program, there will be a discussion on his legacy led by Jerry McBride of Stanford Libraries and composer Michael Ching.

At the end of the day, audiences will get to hear music from the Douglas Moore Songbook from a number of artists from all the from The American Opera Projects, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music and Music Mentoring House. There will also be performances of music by some of his contemporaries.