AOP and Phoenix Concerts to Present 'AOP25: Celebrating Composers & the Voice' Concert, 10/11
The Phoenix Concerts, AOP, American Opera Projects,
AOP (American Opera Projects) and The Phoenix Concerts will co-produce "AOP25: Celebrating Composers & the Voice," a concert featuring the work of composers and librettists from AOP's C&V (Composers & the Voice) program, an annual fellowship that trains composers to write for the operatic voice. The concert will take place Friday, October 11 at 8PM at the Church of Saint Matthew and Saint Timothy: 26 West 84th Street, New York City.
Tickets are $10 at the door or free with a student ID. A complete list of artists will be available through The Phoenix Concerts website www.thephoenixconcerts.org. Phoenix Concerts Artistic Director and C&V alumna (2005-06) Gilda Lyons will be one of the highlighted composers, along with Conrad Cummings,Daniel Felsenfeld, Vivian Fung, Hannah Lash, and many others. The concert coincides with the seventh iteration of C&V and the twenty-fifth anniversary of AOP. Featured performers include soprano Adrienne Danrich (San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera), mezzo-soprano Nicole Mitchell (New York Philharmonic, Sarasota Opera) with Mila Henry on piano.
The primary focus of Composers & the Voice is to give emerging composers and librettists experience working collaboratively with singers on writing for the voice and contemporary opera stage. Previous fellows in the Composers & the Voice program have gone on to receive numerous awards, commissions, and premieres, including Jack Perla (Love/Hate, San Francisco Opera, 2012), Gregory Spears (Paul's Case, UrbanArias, 2013, and Pittsburgh Opera, 2014), Stefan Weisman (Darkling, AOP commission, NYC, 2006), Hannah Lash (Aspen Music Festival), Daniel Felsenfeld (Nora, In the Great Outdoors, AOP commission, NYC, 2011), Daniel Sonenberg (The Summer King, Fort Worth Opera Frontiers, 2013), and Vivian Fung (2013 Juno Award "Classical Composition of the Year"). A complete list of alumni can be found at AOP's website,
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Brooklyn's AOP, an originator of new opera and music theatre. In addition to The Phoenix Concerts, other AOP partners include PROTOTYPE Festival, Irondale Ensemble Project, UrbanArias, Opera on Tap, Manhattan School of Music and more, presenting new works and music from our catalogue of the past quarter century. The season began with a sold-out world premiere run of Lera Auerbach's The Blind at Lincoln Center Festival and will include another world premiere in April 2014 at Roulette, The Wanton Sublime (music by Tarik O'Regan, libretto by Anna Rabinowitz), in partnership with Ear Heart Music and The American Music Ensemble.
Gilda Lyons (C&V 2005-06), composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. Tom Strini of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel descrbies her Nahuatl Hymn for treble choir (Clarion CLCD-936) as "hair-raising, yet elegant [with] slides, dips, yips and yelps amid ceremonial intensity." Recent premieres in Beijing, Tokyo, Seattle, New York, and Pittsburgh include walk, run, fly (voice/pre-recorded sound; The Flea, NYC), Lady Beetle (koto solo; Yumi Kurosawa, Torifony Hall, Tokyo),Moonlight Suite (chamber opera; Opera Theater of Pittsburgh), Hold On (voice/piano; Adrienne Danrich, Thomas Bagwell; AIDS Quilt Song Book at Twenty), Invocations (voice and shakuhachi; Kyo-Shin-An Arts) and La Novia de Tola (piano trio; Beijing New Music Ensemble, Beijing; Finisterra Trio, Seattle). Currently writing an opera for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh on the life of Rachel Carson with a libretto by Tammy Ryan, she is also completing large-scale commissions for Mirror Visions Ensemble and IonSound. Composer-in-Residencies include Vermont's New Music on the Point (2013); Seasons Music Festival (2009-present); and Hartford Women Composers Festival (2011). An active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Lyons has commissioned, premiered, and workshopped new vocal works by dozens of composers. Of her performance in Daron Hagen's Shining Bow (Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta) (Naxos) David Shengold of Opera, UK writes "Gilda Lyons' clear soprano compels admiration." www.gildalyons.com
Conrad Cummings (C&V 2005-06) composes opera, symphonic music, chamber music, and music for his ensemble of amplified instruments and voices. His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and numerous clubs and alternative performance spaces. Groups performing his music including Brandywine Baroque, Avian Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Louisville, New Jersey, and Indianapolis Symphonies, and the San Francisco Opera Center. Recent commissions include Shakespeare in Loves, settings of sonnets for Brandywine Baroque, In Memoriam, Marge Laszlo, a tribute to the Roller Derby star for Avian Orchestra's All-Sports event, The Passing Months, for French soprano saxophonist Daniel Gremelle, premiered in Taiwan, and Reunion for P and J for pianist James Baker and clarinetist Paul Green. Since the early 1990's, Cummings has worked as a freelance composer, director, and interactive media producer in New York City. He's particularly proud of the award-winning games for kids he has produced at Hyperspace Cowgirls. Conrad Cummings serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School where he teaches composition in the Evening Division. Among his many honors are MacDowell, Djerassi, and Tanglewood Fellowships and grants from the Ditson Fund, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation, Opera America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. CRI's Emergency Music label has released four recordings of Cummings' music. www.conradcummings.com
Composer Daniel Felsenfeld (C&V 2006-07) has been commissioned and performed by Simone Dinnerstein, Two Sense, Metropolis Ensemble, American Opera Projects, Opera on Tap, Great Noise Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, ACME, ETHEL, REDSHIFT, Two Sides Sounding, Momenta Quartet, Friction Quartet, Blair McMillen, Stephanie Mortimore, Jennifer Choi, Caroline Widmann, Cornelius Duffallo, Jody Redhage, Nadia Sirota, Caroline Worra, Elanor Taylor, Kathleen Supové, Jenny Lin, Ensemble 212, New Gallery Concert Series and Transit, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Kennedy Center, ATLAS, Le Poisson Rouge, City Winery, Galapagos Art Space, The Stone, The Kitchen, BAM, Jordan Hall, Duke University, The Southern Theatre, Stanford University and Harvard University, as part of 21c Liederabend, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, Ecstatic Music Festival, MATA, Keys to the Future, and Make Music New York. He has also worked with Jay-Z, The Roots, Keren Ann, Rick Moody, Stew, Mark Z. Danielewski, and is the court composer for John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. Commercially available on the Sony, Def Jam, Black Box, and Naxos labels. Raised in the outlying suburbs of Los Angeles, he lives in Brooklyn. She, After, a pairing of two of Daniel's AOP-developed monodramas - Alice in the Time of the Jabberwock and Nora, In the Great Outdoors, will be premiered by UrbanArias (Arlington, VA) this fall.
Juno Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung (C&V 2003-04)has distinguished herself as a composer with a powerful compositional voice, whose music often merges Western forms with non-Western influences such as Balinese and Javanese gamelan and folk songs from minority regions of China. In 2012, Naxos Canadian Classics released the world premiere recording of Ms. Fung's Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto Dreamscapes, and Glimpses for prepared piano, with Metropolis Ensemble conducted by Andrew Cyr, featuring violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Conor Hanick. The Violin Concerto earned Ms. Fung a 2013 Juno Award for "Classical Composition of the Year". Several of Ms. Fung's works have also been released commercially on the Telarc, Cedille, and Signpost labels. Ms. Fung has received numerous awards and grants, including the 2012 Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts' Gregory Millard Fellowship, ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, MAP Fund, Music Alive!, and the League of American Orchestras, American Composers' Forum, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been composer-in-residence of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Loft chamber music series in Chicago, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the Billings Symphony. Vivian Fung also completed residencies at the MacDowell, Yaddo, and Banff arts colonies, as well as residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Ms. Fung is also an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre. www.vivianfung.ca
Hannah Lash (C&V 2005-06) has emerged as a leading voice of her generation. A prize-winning composer, she has received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize, the Barnard Rogers Prize, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize, and numerous academic awards. She has received commissions from The Fromm Foundation, The Naumburg Foundation, The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, The Orpheus Duo, The Howard Hanson Foundation, Case Western Reserve's University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, Great Noise Ensemble, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Her orchestral music has been singled out by the American Composers Orchestra for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings with Furthermore, and by the Minnesota Orchestra, which selected her work God Music Bug Music for performance in January 2012 as part of the Minnesota Composers Institute. Her chamber opera, Blood Rose, was presented by NYC Opera's VOX in the spring of 2011. Lash's music has also been performed at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, the Chelsea Art Museum, Harvard University, Tanglewood Music Center, the Times Center, and the Chicago Art Institute. Lash obtained a bachelor's degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, her PHD from Harvard University, a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Julian Anderson, and Robert Morris. Her music is published by Schott. Lash serves on the composition faculty at Yale School of Music. www.hannahlash.com