I’m pleased to announce that my new opera, Outcast at the Gate, has been selected for the Center for Contemporary Opera’s Development Series. An hour-long excerpt will be performed in a workshop setting at New York’s Symphony Space on June 14. Tickets and information are available at symphonyspace.org/events/vp-cco-presents-outcast-at-the-gate-in-workshop.
Outcast at the Gate is a drama about refugees: a blind old man, supported by his daughter, seeking food and shelter. It is also a drama of redemption: the old man is “stained to the core of his existence,” and at the same time somehow innocent: he is Oedipus, former king of Thebes, who has unwittingly killed his father and married his mother. The end will reveal him as a prophet, blind, but leading his daughters and the King of his new homeland to a miraculous appointment with the waiting Gods.
I am grateful to conductor and CCO artistic director Sara Jobin for her work to make this happen, and to creative team, lead by stage director Sara Erde, pianist and coach Brent Funderburk, and stage manager Tracey Woolley. The cast includes singers Aaron Theno, Kristina Bachrach, Anna Laurenzo, David Gordon, and Eric McKeever.
On October 26, the Beach Cities Symphony will open their 69th season with my piece Festive Overture, conducted by my friend Barry Brisk. Also on the program are Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Sibelius’s violin concerto, performed by violinist Aubree Oliverson.
I’m very excited to have my overture included on this concert, which is at 8 pm at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium in Torrance, CA. Admission is free. I hope to see you there!
I’m currently working on my next opera, Oedipus at Colonus, and have scheduled the premiere of two arias from it at the National Opera Center in New York on April 6. Also on the program are two songs from Twelfth Night, a new version of my horn trio Tapestry, and works by my former student Camden Boyle, now pursuing graduate study at Juilliard.
April 6, 7:30 PM
National Opera Center
New York, NY
The concert will be live streamed at youtube.com/user/NatOperaCenterLIVE
Alexandra Batsios, soprano
Alexander Charles Boyd, baritone
Zachary Elmassian, baritone
Brent Funderburk, accompanist
Maya Bennardo, violin
Cameron West, horn
Markus Kaitila, piano
Complete details and tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/3366998.
I’m pleased to announce that the pianist Robert Cassidy will be performing my Four Elegies on several concerts on his upcoming tour. The dates and details are as follows:
September 10, 10 am – Santa Barbara, CA – Music Academy of the West
September 12, 3 pm – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Music Club
September 19, 8 pm – Los Olivos, CA – Saint Mark’s in the Valley Episcopal Church
October 11, 3 pm – New York, NY – Tenri Cultural Institute
October 14, 4pm – Westport, CT – Saugatuck Congregational Church
October 22, 7:30pm – Hiram, OH – Hayden Auditorium
October 25, 2pm – Newton, MA – Newton Free Library
Complete details for the concerts are on Robert’s site, at robertcassidypianist.com/concerts. The score for the piece, for those who are interested, is available on my works page.