A lush garden of musical abundance.
~ Classical Voice of New England
Two Sides Sounding
Operatic New Music that Explores the Pressing Social Issues of Life In New York City
The Unsung City
Tues, Sept 16, 7:30pm | $20
Brooklyn Historical Society | 128 Pierrepont St
Two Sides Sounding presents the premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s Bruce Bailey, an “urban cantata” on the life and times of the late tenants’ rights activist, the opera scene Stop and Frisk by Sidney Marquez Boquiren, a look at two childhood friends in conflict over a police incident, and the premiere of Ellen Mandel’s poignant and introspective song cycle HAIKU NYC (all three pieces have text by Daniel Neer), plus songs by Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Ray Lustig, Gilda Lyons, Rachel Peters and William Bolcom.
With performances by Eleanor Taylor (soprano), Brandon Snook (tenor), Daniel Neer (baritone), Jorell Williams (baritone), Mila Henry (piano), Lynn Bechtold (violin), Jennifer DeVore (cello) and Ted Gorodetzky (director & multimedia composition.)
Stop and Frisk is Scene I of the opera Independence Eve, which is currently in development under the auspices of American Opera Projects, Brooklyn, NY. Stop and Frisk was fostered during AOP’s 2011-12 “Composers & the Voice” program. Featuring performances by tenor Brandon Snook, baritone Jorell Williams and pianist Mila Henry, with stage direction by Ted Gorodetzky. This performance will take place on September 16th, 7:30pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society; and on September 13th, 12noon at the East New York Farmers Market.
Other Festival Appearances by Two Sides Sounding:
Who Are the Artists?
Two Sides Sounding features performers exploring and expanding the vocal repertoire working in collaboration with visionary composers and visual media artists culminating in several live performance projects each season. Recently featured artists include vocalists Hai-Ting Chinn, Hayden DeWitt, Daniel Neer, Kamala Sankaram, Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams, and pianists Mila Henry, Erika Switzer, Michael Rose and Miori Sugiyama, led by Artistic Director Eleanor Taylor.
Photo Credits: Slider, Ted Gorodetzky; Body, Scott Friedlander
This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. In Kings County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.