The Crypt Sessions to Celebrate Halloween with Gregg Kallor's THE TELL-TALE HEART
On October 26th and 28th, Unison Media's performance series The Crypt Sessions will celebrate Halloween early with the world premiere of pianist/composer Gregg Kallor's dramatic canata based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, featuring mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Pojanowski, cellist Joshua Roman, and Kallor himself at the piano.
Both concerts will be at 8PM, with a wine & cheese reception from 7-8PM. The piano is generously donated by Yamaha, the official sponsor of The Crypt Sessions.
A collaboration with On Site Opera, the The Tell-tale Heart will have a semi-staged setup by director Sarah Meyers, who has worked with the Metropolitan Opera as stage director for over a decade.
Gregg will also perform his appropriately-named cello sonata Undercurrent with Roman.
The concert is a part of Unison Media's Crypt Sessions, a concert series in partnership with The Church of the Intercession and sponsored by Yamaha, which most recently featured twin sister piano duo Christina & Michelle Naughton performing Messiaen's Visions of the Amen.
Tickets are $35 (including a pre-concert wine & cheese reception), with all proceeds going to the church. For more information, visit deathofclassical.com/gregg-kallor. For tickets, go to cryptsessions.eventbrite.com. And for more general info, head to www.DeathOfClassical.com.
IF YOU GO:
The Crypt Sessions Presents: Gregg Kallor - The Tell-Tale Heart
with Elizabeth Pojanowski, mezzo-soprano, and Joshua Roman, cello
A collaboration with On Site Opera directed by Sarah Meyers
October 26th & 28th, 2016 | Wine & Cheese 7PM | Show 8PM
Tickets: $35, including wine & cheese (Direct Link)
Kallor: Undercurrent for cello and piano
Kallor: The Tell-Tale Heart for voice, piano and cello (world premiere)
Unison Media's acclaimed Crypt Sessions is a concert series presenting intimate performances in the underground crypt beneath The Church of the Intercession in Harlem. The series, which is sponsored by Yamaha, was launched in 2015 by pianist/composer Conrad Tao, and has featured tenor Lawrence Brownlee, pianist Alexandre Tharaud, the Attacca Quartet, piano duo Christina & Michelle Naughton and more. The series has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, NPR, WQXR, The Christian Science Monitor, Agence France-Presse, and more.
Gregg Kallor is a composer and pianist whose music fuses the classical and jazz traditions he loves into a new, deeply personal language. The New York Timeswrites: "At home in both jazz and classical forms, [Kallor] writes music of unaffected emotional directness. Leavened with flashes of oddball humor, his works succeed in drawing in the listener - not as consumer or worshipful celebrant, but in a spirit of easygoing camaraderie."
Kallor joined an all-star roster of musicians, including Joyce DiDonato, Anthony Dean Griffey, Isabel Leonard, Susanna Phillips, Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, actors Sharon Stone and Ansel Elgort, and many more, for An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope. Kallor recorded two songs for the album, with Melody Moore - "One Child," which Kallor composed for this project - and Matthew Polezani. All profits from the sale of this album will go to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
Unison Media is a classical music company committed to exploring new ways to present and promote music and those who create and perform it. Unison believes in a holistic approach - publicity, social media or marketing on their own no longer have an impact, and it's only when they are combined in a cohesive, coordinated fashion that you start to get real results. Unison launched the Crypt Sessions in 2015 with the intention of reinvigorating the standard of what a classical music concert should be and to provide a niche venue in the heart of Harlem.