Cynthia Hopkins Returns to St. Ann's Warehouse in One-Night-Only Concert, 5/4

By: Apr. 23, 2012
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Cynthia Hopkins returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse and bids farewell to the institution’s current home at 38 Water Street with Songs for This Clement World. Featuring a 15-member ensemble of musicians and vocalists, the concert will include the first performance of new songs from This Clement World, a new work that "poetically but urgently addresses global climate change."
 
The evening will also feature a retrospective of songs and music from previous works, including Hopkins’ seminal Accidental TrilogyAccidental NostalgiaMust Don’t Whip ‘Um, and The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success), all premiered by St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Walker Art Center—and her recent The Truth: A TragedySongs for This Clement World is directed by DJ Mendel and designed by Jeff Sugg with musical direction by Daniel Bernard Roumain.
 
Songs for This Clement World will take place May 4 at 8pm at St. Ann’s Warehouse. The running time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. St. Ann’s Warehouse is located at 38 Water Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. 
 
Tickets, which are $32 and $42, are available online at www.stannswarehouse.org and by phone at 718.254.8779 (Tuesday—Saturday, 1:00 P.M.—7:00 P.M.) or 866.811.4111 (extended hours Monday—Friday, 9:00 A.M.—9:00 P.M.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 A.M.—6:00 P.M.). They can also be purchased at the St. Ann’s Warehouse Box Office at 38 Water Street (Tuesday—Saturday, 1:00 P.M.—7:00 P.M.).
 
Since 2005, St. Ann’s Warehouse has proudly served as a creative home for Cynthia Hopkins, fostering the development of her highly acclaimed Accidental Trilogy, from its outset to its completion. The ambitious project, a hybrid of intergalactic narrative, emotive music, innovative orchestral environments and immersive video, explored themes of amnesia, nostalgia and shifting identity, in a search for solace. The Village Voice said Accidental Nostalgia offered a “delight of incongruities,” The New York Times called Must Don’t Whip ‘Um “a triumph of disciplined thinking, narrative fluidity and musical accomplishment," and a five-star review of The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) in Time Out New York called Hopkins “a breathtaking visionary.”
 
The full-scale production of This Clement World, commissioned by St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Walker Art Center and Les Subsistances, will have its New York premiere in Spring 2013 at St. Ann’s new home at 29 Jay Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
 
In this return to St. Ann’s, Hopkins, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, will be joined by a 15-member ensemble including Wil Smith(piano), Kristin Mueller (drums), Matt Wigton (bass), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone/guitar), Ben Holmes (trumpet), Karen Waltuch (viola/tambourine), and Philippa Thompson (violin/guitar/tambourine) and vocalists Susan Oetgen (soprano), Charlotte Mundy (soprano), Jeanna Phillips (alto), Jo Lampert (alto), Jordan Barbour (tenor), Gideon Crevoshay (tenor), Michael Zegarski(bass) and Prentice Onayemi (bass).



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