On May 2 at 7:30 pm, The Elaris Duo (Larisa Elisha, violin, and Steven Elisha, cello) will perform a benefit concert of my music, along with pieces by Schulhoff and Kodaly in New York. All of the proceeds from the concert will go to Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit set up after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Sandy Hook Promise’s mission is national — to protect children from gun violence so no other parent experiences the loss of their child by engaging and empowering parents and communities with targeted prevention programs in the areas of mental wellness early-identification & intervention, social & emotional development and firearm safety & security. More information on their programs is available at SandyHookPromise.org.
As for the concert, I will be joining the Elaris Duo on piano to perform a special preview of my piece An Offering: For The Families of Newtown.They will be premiering Shifting Spirits, for violin and cello, and I will also perform some of my piano works.
The concert is at the DiMenna Center For Classical Music. Tickets are available now at brownpapertickets.com/event/1434131.
I just received a lovely review from music critic Daniel Kepl on BravoCalifornia.com. About Twelfth Night, Daniel says:
[Twelfth Night] brought audiences at both Santa Barbara performances spontaneously to their feet in salute. Feigin’s magical score is key to that exhuberant response. Both sophisticated and playful, it pays subtle quasi-motivic homage to seveal opera composers of the past 300 years, each marinated in a distinctly Feiginesque harmonic sauce. Composed in the neoclassic nomenclature of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, with nods to Mozart (pithy vocal ensembles), Richard Strauss (bravura coloratura arias), Wagner (Feigin’s magnificent command of orchestration, especially his intoxicating use of French horn and woodwind riffs), with additional harmonic references to Mendelssohn (the opening chords of the opera), as well as Mahler and Britten, Twelfth Night stretched historic imagination as well as the technical capabilities of UCSB’s young singers and orchestra. Everyone involved clearly revelled in the opportunity.
Having seen both UCSB performances – I was not alone in wanting to experience this glittering masterpiece a second time – there is but one piece of advice to pass along to opera producers around the world: book this fresh and artistically satisfying opera at your earliest opportunity. It’s a sleeper that deserves to be in the repertory of major opera houses.
He also praised the work of my collaborators Benjamin Brecher, David Grabarkewitz, Brent Wilson, and all of the singers and musicians involved in the production.
To read the full review as a PDF, click here. You can read more of Daniel’s writing at danielkepl.com.
In anticipation of the west coast premiere of Twelfth Night at UCSB on January 30, New Classic LA has graciously taken the time to interview me. The interview went up today, and is available at newclassic.la/2015/01/05/interview-joel-feigin-twelfth-night.
The UCSB Department of Music will be presenting the west coast premiere of my opera, Twelfth Night, on January 30 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall in Santa Barbara. A second performance is scheduled for February 1 at 1 pm. This version is produced by Benjamin Brecher and directed by David Grabarkewitz.
Tickets for both performances, along with complete details, will be available on the UCSB website at music.ucsb.edu/news/event/532
I hope to see you there!