COMING UP AT THE MARIGNY OPERA HOUSE
On the heels of the enthusiastic reception of our December performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, New Resonance and the Marigny Opera House are teaming up again for more extraordinary baroque sacred music on June 13 & 14 at 8 pm at the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand Street, New Orleans).
This program pairs two 18th Century masterworks from the Neapolitan School, beginning with the New Orleans premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s rarely heard Lamentations of Jeremiah. Scored for two voices and strings, the music depicts the collective suffering of the city of Jerusalem following its destruction.
The program concludes with Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Pergolesi’s music depicting the personal suffering of Mary as she observes Christ is striking in its intimacy and sincerity. We are delighted to be joined in these performances by vocal soloists Kathleen Westfall and Mattea Musso.
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New Resonance Orchestra is a group of young, professional classical musicians in New Orleans working to reclaim classical music in America as a vital force for artistic expression and social change. With its fearless performances, New Resonance Orchestra makes music that is fresh, joyful, and relevant. Creating interdisciplinary performance events and engaging with current issues, New Resonance Orchestra uses classical music to rejuvenate New Orleans.
LABOR: Songs for Unmaking a Living
by Tucker Fuller and Megan Levad
Wednesday, April 30 & Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Marigny Opera House
Two singers and a chamber orchestra bring nine ballads to life in this provocative and engaging new song cycle. LABOR draws on the rich variety of songs in the American popular canon, presenting a nuanced exploration of work and working in the 21st century. Through the voices of nine distinct characters, these songs illuminate the many ways a worker’s integrity or freedom can be compromised by the act of making a living.